Federal medium- and heavy-duty fuel standards

New standards can further cut fuel consumption from trucks and buses

In his 2014 State of the Union address to Congress, President Obama pledge to set new fuel efficiency standards for the nation’s heavy trucks. These new standards by the U.S. Government will build on the 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.

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.

EDF Recommendations

EDF encourages the Obama Administration to set bold new standards that:

  1. Deploy the full range of cost-effective existing and advanced technologies to achieve absolute reductions in emissions from the heavy-duty sector by 2025.
  2. Adopt meaningful performance based standards for trailers to maximize emissions reductions and fuel efficiency.
  3. Create comprehensive standards that include all on-truck greenhouse gas emissions, such as methane leaks from natural gas trucks and hydrofluorocarbon (“HFC”) emissions from refrigerated trucks and trailers.
  4. Provide transparent emissions and fuel economy information to consumers through labeling and online resources.

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First Generation 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