Cummins Inc. announced today that it is making a $400,000 investment to help underwrite an innovative public-private partnership, the Seattle Diesel Solutions Program, designed to demonstrate the value of retrofitting existing fleets of diesel engines to improve emissions.
When fully operational, Cummins officials say the aftertreatment system used in Seattle’s municipal fleets will result in particulate emissions reductions of near 90% from current levels. The company says there are more than 800 Cummins engines in the Seattle Metro fleet.
“This is a great example of where advances in technology can be applied to older engines,” said Christine Vujovich, Cummins’s vp – environmental policy. “Together with innovative public-private thinking, we can produce a cleaner, healthier and safer environment.”
The project is being undertaken to fulfill an agreement with the U.S. EPA in connection with the “Consent Decree” that settled an enforcement action under the Clean Air Act.