Verified Retrofits for Off-Road Diesel Vehicles

This page last reviewed June 23, 2014

Off-Road Diesel Vehicle Regulation and Verified Diesel Emissions Control Strategies (VDECS)

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VDECS are exhaust retrofits, the most common types of which are diesel particulate filters (DPF). VDECS have been evaluated and verified by the Air Resources Board (ARB) to lower the harmful emissions from diesel exhaust.

Owners of off-road diesel vehicles may elect to install ARB-verified exhaust retrofits on their vehicles to comply with the in-use off-road diesel vehicle regulation. Only retrofits that have been verified by ARB to reduce emissions, meet durability standards, and come with a manufacturer's warranty will provide credit towards the off-road diesel vehicle regulation.

Due to ARB off-road regulation changes approved in 2011, exhaust retrofits are no longer mandatory. Fleets have the option to install exhaust retrofits as part of their overall strategy to meet performance requirements. Exhaust retrofits provide an emissions reduction benefit which will assist a fleet in meeting fleet average targets. In addition, installing exhaust retrofits can provide Best Available Control Technology (BACT) credit to a fleet, as well as other benefits, such as exempting a vehicle from future turnover requirements.

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Currently Verified Devices for Off-Road Diesel Vehicles

For each verified Level 3 device for off-road vehicles (Level 3 means they reduce Particulate Matter (PM) by at least 85 percent), the table below links to the verification page which details more information about the types of engines for which the device is approved for use. For more information about each device, click on the device name link below. For contact information check the Installers and Contacts List.

***Cleaire products have not been available for sale or lease since it ceased operations on January 18, 2013. ESW CleanTech Incorporated (ESW CleanTech) acquired the Cleaire product line on April 18, 2013, and will provide new sales of product under its ownership as well as support for existing Cleaire customers. Vehicles that have the Cleaire devices already installed in a verified configuration will continue to meet applicable in-use fleet rule requirements. Please refer to the following website for additional information: Cleaire Information Page.***

Device Name Engine Applicability Horsepower (hp) RangePassive/Active
DCL International Inc.
Mine-X Sootfilter

1996-2011 model year off-road; CARB diesel; biodiesel* 100 - 1000 hp Passive
Engine Control Systems
2007 or older off-road; CARB diesel; biodiesel*
Less than 600 hp

ESW CleanTech
Most 1996-2014 model year off-road; CARB diesel; biodiesel*
100 - 450 hpActive
ESW CleanTech
Many 1996-2014 model year off-road; CARB diesel; biodiesel* 100 - 400 hpActive
ESW Technologies
Many 1996-2010 model year off-road; 1993-2006 model year on-road; CARB diesel; biodiesel*
175 - 375 hpActive
FS-MK Off-Road
Most off-road through 2012 model year; CARB diesel; biodiesel*
Less than 810 hp
Nett Technologies, Inc.
VorTEQ 100 DPF
(conditional verification)**
Many 1996-2014 model year off-road (cert to no more than 0.2 g/bhp-hr PM); CARB diesel; biodiesel*65 - 175 hpActive
* These systems have been verified for use with biodiesel blends subject to certain requirements.
** Conditionally verified devices may be used for regulatory compliance.

Three Steps to Getting Started

  1. Find out which VDECS may be verfied for your vehicle's engine(s).
  2. Contact an installer or manufacturer.
  3. Find out which VDECS is most appropriate for your vehicle.

1. Find out which VDECS may be verified for your vehicle's engine(s).

Only Level 2 (reduces PM by at least 50 percent) or Level 3 VDECS that have been verified by ARB for your engine and application will provide credit toward the off-road reguation (except in limited situations for experimental devices). Once you decide that VDECS may be a compliance option you wish to pursue, the first step is to determine which VDECS are verified for your off-road engines. You may examine the applicability in the table above to see which devices may be appropriate. Alternatively, the VDECS database allows fleets to search for verified devices by entering the engine family name, or by listing the engine model year, manufacturer, and displacement.

2. Contact an installer or manufacturer.

After reviewing the available VDECS, the next step is contacting the appropriate manufacturer(s) to get a list of installers, or contacting an installation facility from our online list. The installers may need to data log your engine, perform an inspection to see if mounting the device is feasible, and discuss additional options with you. In some cases, even though the device is verified for your engine, the installer will not be able to perform the installation (due to exhaust temperature, vehicle structure, or safety concerns).

3. Find out which VDECS is most appropriate for your vehicle.

There are a number of considerations fleets should account for when choosing an exhaust retrofit. When there are multiple devices verified for an engine, fleets should consider:
  • Which is the highest level device.
  • Can the device be safely installed? (View our page on VDECS visibility).
  • Are the retrofit's regeneration requirements appropriate given the vehicle use.
  • Additional impacts on vehicle operation.

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