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New truck fuel standards introduced in U.S.

Tractor-trailers, delivery trucks and school buses will be forced to reduce carbon emissions by up to 25 per cent by 2027. Heavy pickup trucks and vans will have to become 2.5 per cent more efficient on average each year between 2021 and 2027.

August 17, 2016   Canadian Plastics

The Obama administration has finalized new fuel efficiency standards for buses, large trucks and other heavy-duty vehicles, which it said would both reduce carbon emissions and save drivers billions of dollars at the pump.

The standards apply to heavy duty vehicles which account for 20 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions and oil use in the US transportation sector, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Tractor-trailers, delivery trucks and school buses will be forced to reduce carbon emissions by up to 25 per cent by 2027. Heavy pickup trucks and vans will have to become 2.5 per cent more efficient on average each year between 2021 and 2027.

According to the EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the new standards will result in US$170 billon in fuel savings over the lives of covered vehicles and encourage technical advances,

The agencies said savings from meeting the new standards would offset the costs to truck owners to comply.

“This next phase of standards for heavy- and medium-duty vehicles will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions while driving innovation, and will ensure that the United States continues to lead the world in developing fuel-efficient technologies through the next decade and beyond,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy in a statement.


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