Fuel Efficiency Standards for Heavy Vehicles Coming

August 8, 2011 / No Comments

Remember the proposal of the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions guidelines last year? Well, that is going to see the light of day soon.

Obama to announce Fuel Efficiency Standards for Heavy Vehicles Coming

The White House, the other day, revealed that President Obama will travel to Interstate Moving Services in Springfield, Virginia, to announce the fuel efficiency standards for work trucks, buses, and other heavy duty vehicles. The standards will be for 2014 through 2018 model year for medium and heavy duty vehicles.

The first of its kind fuel efficiency standards will help save tens of billions of dollars when fuel is saved for the owners and operators of commercial vehicles, and ultimately, the American business. Better, cleaner vehicles will also help in maintaining good pollution standards by reducing oil consumption on a large scale.

EPA’s proposal in October 2010 was for on-road 3/4 –ton and 1-ton trucks, vans, buses, semis of 8500 pounds or more. The joint standards are now formed in association with the Department of Transportation (DoT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The Obama Administration and 13 major automakers had come to a historic agreement to boost the fuel economy of cars and light duty trucks sold in the United States to 54.5 miles per gallons by 2025, which is more than double the Corporate Average Fuel Economy. ]

This will result in more jobs, less pollution, less dependence on imports from OPEC and saving of 12 billion barrels of oil in total. The agreement has to be finalized through a rulemaking process.