EDF / CERES Report shows why green trucks are good for business

Fuel efficient truckReport confirms cleaner, fuel-efficient freight trucks yield big savings over the long haul

In August 2011 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) together issued final rules for the world’s first-ever program to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) and improve the fuel efficiency of medium- and heavy-duty trucks. Generally referred to as “Phase 1” standards, these regulations apply to new vehicles manufactured in model years 2014 – 2019.

EPA and NHTSA are now formulating a proposal for “Phase 2” rules which will apply to new medium- and heavy-duty trucks manufactured in 2020 and later model years. It is not yet clear how stringent the proposed Phase 2 standards will be, but leading environmental and energy efficiency advocacy organizations are encouraging EPA/NHTSA to set bold fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas targets in Phase 2, based on evidence that there are a suite of cost-effective and commercially available technologies to further improve the efficiency of heavy trucks.

Ceres and EDF commissioned independent consultant MJ Bradley & Associates to examine the financial impact of bold Phase 2 standards for tractor-trailer trucks. This analysis found that strong standards would result in significant cost savings.

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