Coca-Cola Enterprises to Retrofit Truck Fleet to Reduce Emissions
Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. announced on December 12 that it has placed an initial order with Clean Diesel Technologies Inc. for the company to supply its Platinum Plus Purifier System for the company's fleet of delivery trucks. Coca-Cola Enterprises will install the retrofit kit in its beverage delivery trucks in Texas, Louisiana and Pennsylvania, including the Coca-Cola bottling plant in San Antonio. Coca-Cola Enterprises is the nationwide bottling and distribution company for Coca-Cola products and owns one of the largest private truck fleets in the U.S., operating more than 24,000 vehicles. Coca-Cola Enterprises placed the initial order after field testing the Platinum Plus Purifier System at the Southwest Research Institute and the company's San Antonio and Austin bottling plants. It spent a more than year evaluating the performance of several different systems. "We are proud to be one of the first private fleets in the country to get started on a voluntary retrofit program," says Coca-Cola Enterprises' Corporate Director for Fleet Procurement Dave Leasure. "Besides the emissions reduction program, separate fleet testing by CCE in Corpus Christi, Houston, and New Orleans has measured an average 10 percent fuel savings from use of Platinum Plus treated fuel." James Valentine, president of Stamford, Conn.-based Clean Diesel Technologies, says the EPA has already confirmed that truck fleets that use the Platinum Plus Purifier System can achieve particulate matter reductions of between 40 to 50 percent. However, the major benefit to companies is that by improving the fuel economy of the trucks, it more than pays for the equipment costs over time, he adds.