17 June 2009

Navistar announced that the price of buses built by its subsidiary IC Bus with new, US EPA 2010 emission compliant engines will increase $6,000 per unit. This pricing impacts all IC Bus school bus models (the BE Series, CE Series, FE Series and RE Series) and commercial models (including the HC Series and LC Series).

“While our engines will not have the addition of extra aftertreatment equipment like competitors choosing SCR, we’ve invested heavily into the development of a non-urea solution and meeting the stricter emissions levels carries a higher price”, said Navistar.

To meet the 2010 emission requirements, IC Bus school and commercial buses will be powered by MaxxForce® “Advanced EGR” (exhaust gas recirculation) engines, utilizing such technologies as “advanced fuel injection, air management, electronic controls and proprietary combustion technology”.

In March, Volvo Trucks North America said its trucks with 2010 emission reduction technology, urea SCR, will include a surcharge of $9,600, applicable to new trucks powered by Volvo D11, D13 and D16 engines, as well as by the Cummins ISX.

Navistar had called on the EPA to delay the 2010 emission deadline. Faced with the agency’s refusal, Navistar has launched a law suit to prevent EPA from certifying 2010 engines equipped with urea SCR from the competing manufacturers. According to ttnews.com, Daniel Ustian, Navistar’s chief executive officer, recently confirmed that Navistar’s EGR engines are not yet meeting the 0.2 g/bhp-hr NOx limit. The company intends to comply with the 2010 emission regulations using its accumulated emission credits.

Source: Navistar