Kohler has reached its latest milestone of Stage V certification for KDI engines in the 19-56 kW power range. Thanks to the exciting partnership with one of the agencies accredited to the European Union for the certification of internal combustion engines, the first half of 2018 was devoted to undertaking thorough tests and analysis on the Kohler range of diesel engines with the aim of verifying their compliance with all the requisites indicated by the legislator.
The new standard – REGULATION (EU) 2016/1628 on requirements relating to gaseous and particulate pollutant emission limits and type-approval for internal combustion engines for non-road mobile machinery – introduces the particulate particle count (PN) and applies to all diesel engines above 19 kW for off-road applications. Consequently, the only possible solution is to adopt a diesel particulate filter (DPF), representing a huge challenge for all manufacturers and a major opportunity for Kohler. Kohler recognised this opportunity immediately, developing after-treatment solutions that are ideal for machine manufacturers and for the end user.
The certification of the range of diesel engines is confirmation of the announcement made by Vincenzo Perrone, President of Diesel Engines, during the press conference at Agritechnica 2017, “The challenge for engine manufacturers has been to develop a flexible solution capable of responding to the many different needs on the market. At Kohler, we took up and won the challenge thanks to the competitive edge of the Kohler KDI range of engines: as a result, we are proud to present the KOHLER Flex™ range of solutions for filtering emissions that was designed by Kohler so that any KDI engine configuration can be compliant with all the standards and regulations on emissions anywhere in the world.”
According to the company, the production line of Stage V certified engines will start from January 2019, as announced, perfectly in line with European Union directives and answering the needs of manufacturers of off-road applications. Stage V certification was not only obtained by the KDI range of engines, but the entire range of Kohler diesel engines up to 56 kW, which will be on display at the Kohler stand at EIMA 2018, from November 7 to 11, 2018 at Bologna exhibition centre.