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CE-CERT Researchers Find that Natural Gas Engines Can Reduce Smog from Heavy-Duty Trucks


CE-CERT Researchers Find that Natural Gas Engines Can Reduce Smog from Heavy-Duty Trucks

September 4, 2018

Reprinted from UCR Today

The University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) and Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) recently announced the results of a new study on ultra-low emission natural gas heavy-duty engines, showing a new 11.9-liter engine achieved California’s lowest smog-forming emissions standard, and maintained those emissions during all types of driving.

The study results underscore the importance of the near-zero truck engines for cleaning the air. Most heavy-duty vehicles on roads today are diesel-powered and represent one of the largest sources of nitrogen oxide (NOx), or smog-forming, emissions and fuel consumption in North America. By contrast, the new near-zero emissions 12-liter engine, made by Cummins Westport, is the only heavy-duty engine in the category to not only meet, but exceed, the California Air Resources Board’s cleanest optional low-NOx standard of 0.02 g/bhp-hr.

To read the full UCR Today article, click here.

Dr. Kent Johnson

Dr. Kent Johnson conducting research in the Mobile Emissions Laboratory (MEL)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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