Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Obama announces heavy duty truck fuel standards

President canceled public appearance and press conference

Washington – Heavy duty diesel trucks will be required to achieve a net mile per gallon saving of 20% by 2014, gasoline-powered trucks, 15%, according to an announcement by President Obama.

In a first-ever move, the president and the secretaries of the EPA and the DOT projected that the new standards should yield a %50 billion net benefit for the model years 2014-18.

“While we were working to improve the efficiency of cars and light-duty trucks, something interesting happened,” President Obama said Tuesday morning after canceling a public announcement and press conference. “We started getting letters asking that we do the same for medium and heavy-duty trucks...”

According to a statement from the White House, vehicles are divided into three major categories: Combination tractors (semi-trucks), heavy-duty pickup trucks and vans and vocational vehicles (like transit buses and refuse trucks).
Within each of those categories, even more specific targets are laid out based on the design and purpose of the vehicle. This “flexible structure” allows “serious but achievable fuel efficiency improvement goals charted for each year and for each vehicle category and type,” the statement said.

1 comment:

  1. Flag on the play: http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/08/strange_friends_of_the_new_epa_trucking_regulations.html