Hybrid diesel-electric propulsion cuts fuel use by around 95 percent…
October 22, 2018 | OEM Off-Highway Magazine
Darrin Treptow, Manager of Worldwide Marketing Support, John Deere Power Systems, and John Radke, Manager of Worldwide Customer Support, John Deere Power Systems
Yes, I believe the diesel engine as we know it today still has a long life ahead. While the off-highway industry continues to grow and adapt, the demands remain the same. And to that point, a rugged market demands a product that can meet customers’ expectations in a variety of applications. Diesel engines offer the power density that’s required to meet the needs of off-highway applications in a way that other fuel and energy sources can’t currently match. However, the continued development and implementation of power electronics will influence future engine characteristics and requirements including, size, performance, load cycles, etc.
Today’s diesel engines are designed for durability and performance while meeting environmental compliance regulations. John Deere launched the PowerTech platform in 1996 to meet EPA and EU Tier 1/Stage 1 emissions regulations. We built on this off-highway engine platform to meet each subsequent emissions regulation. Because of this, John Deere is well-positioned to meet the power and durability needs of our customers while offering the latest technology to lower emissions while improving performance and fluid economy.