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Efforts to Lower Heavy Trucks/Tractor Trailer Emissions

December 13, 2016 - Trucking Industry News

For the past couple of years there has been a societal shift towards the care of the environment, especially in regard to Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

In 2014 the Canadian government created new regulations which aligned with the United States to create a North American standard for manufacturers and importers of heavy trucks.

In August 2016 the White House, under the Obama Administration announced a new fuel economy standard for heavy/large trucks.

25 percent reduction in carbon emissions for tractor-trailers over the next 10 years

The Officials from the White House said the new standards would require up to a 25 percent reduction in carbon emissions for tractor-trailers over the next 10 years.

“The standards promote a new generation of cleaner, more fuel-efficient trucks by encouraging the development and employment of new and advanced cost-effective technologies through model year 2027,” said Gina McCarthy. Canadians involved in the trucking industry need to become aware of this new regulation, because our government will most likely replicate what the United States enforces to continue a North American standard.

“The standards promote a new generation of cleaner, more fuel-efficient trucks by encouraging the development and employment of new and advanced cost-effective technologies through model year 2027.”– said Gina McCarthy

Brian Mormino Cummins EngineAlthough this is a huge commitment from the Obama Administration, it is supported by manufacturers and major corporate buyers of trucks as well. Mr. Brian Mormino, who is an executive director of environmental strategy and compliance at Cummins Inc. (one of the largest engine makers in the world for big trucks) says that “It’s a place where you really have interests aligned. It’s good for business; it’s good for the environment; it’s good for the economy overall”.

The regulation is requiring that all tractor trailers, and heavy duty trucks reduce their total emissions by a total of 25% by 2021-2027. The total cost increase of each truck is estimated to be approximately $12000-$15000 USD for brand new trucks. This is a high increase in price however the environmental changes are causing corporations to buy with a conscious and the vehicles are promised to be get more miles with less gas usage.

We are huge fans of both the Canadian and US governments taking steps toward changing greenhouse emissions, however what will happen with all of the trucks that are created prior to 2014. Both the US and Canadian governments will be making this a standard by 2021, however the governments also need to assist companies in getting rid of their older trucks, without adding to junkyards and other landfills. We are interested to see what actions they take in this regard and hope the parts are recycled with compensation to other industries.

US Government Grants for Fuel Efficient Engines

With the US government granting manufactures $100 Million of grants towards creating more fuel efficient engines, it shows the support of the government towards reducing Greenhouse Emissions. We are Universal Truck Sales are more than excited to see the innovations that will be coming from the Trucking Industry. It is one of the oldest and most traditional industries that is undergoing massive change for the better. Let’s continue to make efforts in making less greenhouse emissions.

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