Federal medium- and heavy-duty fuel standards
Historic new rule will cut fuel consumption from trucks and buses
The U.S. Government has finalized the nation's first-ever greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards for new freight trucks and buses.
The new standards will reduce the oil consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from new commercial trucks and buses through cost-saving improvements in vehicle efficiency.
Manufacturers support standards
The program is supported by a broad coalition of stakeholders, including U.S. diesel engine manufacturers, fleets, workers, environmental groups, and states. American industry is rising to the challenge of delivering cleaner, more efficient vehicles to our roads.
Technology available now to cut fuel and CO2
Existing and emerging technologies are available to significantly reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from medium- and heavy-duty highway vehicles. The fuel economy benefits of these technologies are predicted to significantly offset their cost, making the American freight industry cleaner, while saving consumers money at the pump.
Fact sheets, reports & links
August 9, 2011
Creating a Business Edge for U.S. Vehicle Technology Manufacturers
August 9, 2011
EDF Statement on EPA and NHSA Proposed GHG and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-duty Vehicle [Doc]
Testimony from project manager Jason Mathers from a public hearing in Cambridge, MA
EDF Statement on EPA and NHSA Proposed GHG and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-duty Vehicle [PDF]
Testimony from attorney Peter Zalzal from a public hearing in Chicago, IL
The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed the first-ever fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards for new trucks and buses. The proposed standards will save consumers more than $41 billion.
Graphs showing immense savings of proposed standards
Following the adoption of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, the National Research Council appointed a committee to evaluate current and future technologies and methods to improve the fuel economy of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, and address how such technologies may be practically implemented.
EPA and NHTSA Finalize Historic National Program to Reduce Greenhouse Gases and Improve Fuel Economy for Cars and Trucks [PDF]
EPA fact sheet
This study provides an assessment of available and emerging technologies that could be used to reduce CO2 emissions and lower fuel consumption from new heavy-duty long haul combination trucks in the United States in the 2012 to 2017 timeframe
Manufacturing Climate Solutions- Chapter 9: Hybrid Drivetrains for Medium- and Heavy-duty Trucks [PDF]
The United States is well positioned to take the lead in hybrid commercial trucks, a new, fast- growing market that promises future U.S. jobs in truck manufacturing, advanced energy storage, electronics, and software.
The 21st Century Truck Partnership, a cooperative research and development partnership formed by four federal agencies with 15 industrial partners, was launched in the year 2000 with the goal of dramatically advancing the technologies used in trucks and buses, yielding a cleaner, safer, more efficient generation of vehicles.
New standards by the numbers
- 270 million Metric tons of CO2 saved over lifetime of 2014-2018 model year trucks & buses
- $73,000 Potential savings by a trucker over lifetime of new vehicle
- 530 million Barrels of oil saved over lifetime of 2014-2018 model year trucks and buses
- $50 billion Money saved by consumers over lifetime of 2014-2018 trucks & buses