Coke refreshes trucks with emission-cutter
Dec 15, 2003 12:00 PM, from staff and wire reportsCoca-Cola has ordered the Platinum Plus Purifier System from Clean Diesel Technologies Inc (CDT) to retrofit beverage delivery trucks in Texas, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania.
The soft drink producer has been working with CDT for more than a year to evaluate the performance of several different Platinum Plus fuel-borne catalyst (FBC)-based emission systems in fleet service and engine tests to support verification. This initial order follows recent field trials on beverage delivery trucks used in commercial service in San Antonio and Austin TX. In these programs, the combination of Platinum Plus FBC and diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) purifier system was demonstrated to be effective even in aggressive stop-and-go delivery service.
"Besides the emissions reduction program, separate fleet testing by Coca-Cola in Corpus Christi, Houston, and New Orleans has measured an average 10% fuel savings from use of Platinum Plus-treated fuel," said Dave Leasure, Coca-Cola Enterprises corporate director for fleet procurement.
The order from Coca-Cola also follows engine dynamometer testing of the Platinum Plus Purifier System on several engines at San Antonio-based Southwest Research Institute (SwRI). Testing shows the system more than doubles the particulate matter reduction offered by traditional DOCs currently in use, company officials said.