DOT, EPA introduces first fuel efficiency standards for trucks and buses

2011 Ford Super Duty

The EPA and DOT announced today the first national standards to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improve fuel efficiency of heavy-duty trucks and buses. The program is expected to reduce GHG emissions by nearly 250 million metric tons and save 500 million barrels of oil over the lives of the vehicle produced within the first five years of the program.

“These new standards are another step in our work to develop a new generation of clean, fuel-efficient American vehicles that will improve our environment and strengthen our economy,” EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson said. “In addition to cutting greenhouse gas pollution, greater fuel economy will shrink fuel costs for small businesses that depend on pick ups and heavy duty vehicles, shipping companies and cities and towns with fleets of these vehicles. Those savings can be invested in new jobs at home, rather than heading overseas and increasing our dependence on foreign oil.”

The NHTSA is proposing new standards for three categories of heavy trucks; combination tractors, heavy-duty pickups and vans, and vocational vehicles. The categories were established to address specific challengers for manufacturers concerning each.

The administration estimates total savings of $41 billion in net benefits over the life of model year 2014 to 2018 vehicles, with those vehicles that drive a lower amount of annual miles needing a longer period to see paybacks.

– By: Stephen Calogera

Source: DOT