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 encourages the Obama Administration to set bold new standards that:
- Deploy the full range of cost-effective existing and advanced technologies to achieve absolute reductions in emissions from the heavy-duty sector by 2025.
- Adopt meaningful performance based standards for trailers to maximize emissions reductions and fuel efficiency.
- 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.
- Provide transparent emissions and fuel economy information to consumers through labeling and online resources.
Fact sheets, reports & links
- EDF Supports President Obama's Call for Improved Fuel Economy, Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards for New Freight Trucks
- We’re on the Road to Cleaner, More Fuel-Efficient Trucks
- EDF Recommendations for a Rigorous National Fuel Economy and Climate Pollution Standards for Commercial Trucks and Buses
- Strong Efficiency Standards Needed to Bring New Generation of Trucks to the Road
October 31, 2013
- Let's Build a 21st Century Transportation Sector
June 26, 2013
- It's not just about the trucks, but we can't do it without the trucks
April 4, 2013
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
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.
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