The Obama administration recently submitted a proposal for the first ever fuel efficiency and emissions standards for big tractor trailers and other commercial trucks. The regulation, which is expected to be finalized in mid-2011, covers new trucks for model years 2014 to 2018.
This initiative, which is led by the Transportation Department and Environmental Protection Agency, includes a variety of vehicles from delivery vans to long-haul rigs.
It is expected to cut almost 250 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions over the lifespans of vehicles built within the program's first five years. These standards are anticipated to save 500 million barrels of oil for vehicles made during these model years.
The standards are divided among three categories of vehicles. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said that having these standards will lessen reliance on oil as well as ”strengthen energy security and mitigate climate change."
EPA head Lisa Jackson said that these new standards represent another hurdle in its aim to “develop a new generation of clean, fuel-efficient American vehicles that will improve [the] environment and strengthen [the] economy."
Affected companies include UPS Inc., FedEx Corp., and Ryder System. According to this new proposal, tractor trailer rigs will be required to get up to a 20% cut in carbon emissions and fuel consumption by the 2018 model year.
Starting in the 2014 model year, heavy-duty pickup trucks and vans, including the Ford F-250 Super Duty and the Dodge Ram, will have separate gasoline and diesel standards. These have a target of up to 10% cut for gasoline vehicles and 15% reduction for diesel vehicles by the 2018 model year. [via autonews - sub. required]