President Barack Obama will outline a timetable today to introduce new fuel efficiency standards in medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.
Obama will visit a Safeway Inc. distribution center today in Upper Marlboro, Md. to highlight its efforts to improve grocery truck efficiency. At the time, he will announce timing for the EPA and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to propose new truck fuel efficiency standards by March, 2015, with a final decision in March, 2016.
Technologies not currently in use will be considered as a part of the next round of regulations. The White House said today that they will include hybridization, powertrain efficiency improvements, aerodynamics and others. Garbage trucks, semi-trailers and busses will be affected, but so will heavy duty pickup trucks.
“The president’s initiative is an important step driving America toward a cleaner energy future. Strong heavy truck efficiency standards will not only cut carbon pollution that fuels climate change, but also save consumers money every time they go to a store and save truckers money at the pump,” president of the Natural Resources Defense Council Frances Beinecke said in a statement.
Obama’s announcement today is part of a greater move to improve fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Light-duty vehicles are already subject to increasingly strict rules with a mandated corporate average fuel consumption of 54.5 mpg by 2025.
“Just as clean car standards are revitalizing the American auto industry, which added more than 370,000 jobs, setting the bar higher for trucks will further encourage innovation in the industry. This is a win-win for the environment and the economy.”
In 2011, the EPA and NHTSA put emissions standards in place for the first time for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles that will reduce emissions between 10 and 20 percent. Those regulations took place for the 2014 model year and run through 2018.