According to a recent report coming from the Wall Street Journal, the government officials will unveil a proposal on Friday on the upcoming emission goals for heavy trucks in a bid to lower the carbon emission footprint and decrease fuel usage.
The report cited as the source an anonymous person that had knowledge of the matter, with the newspaper adding the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Transportation Department would present a draft to introduce the new standards for large trucks – including garbage trucks, 18-wheelers and heavy-duty pickup trucks. The new standards should mirror the ideas outlined by the EPA light vehicle standards for 2025, which call for an average fleet wide fuel economy of 54.5 miles per gallon. According to earlier remarks of trucking industry executives and experts familiar with the sector, the new truck standards – which make an integral part of the Obama administration’s drive to cut greenhouse gas emissions, would most likely have fleets jump in fuel efficiency by almost 40 percent by 2027 from 2010 standards.
The Wall Street Journal report said that the rules, “for the first time ever, regulate trailers that are part of 18-wheelers and other big hauling trucks and issue tougher limits on the part of the truck hauling the trailer, called the tractor,” with the proposal targeting large trucks manufactured after 2018. The new goal would also be a follow-up on the standards announced back in 2011 for the 2014 to 2018 model years. Within the industry, the consensus is that new standards would be beneficial since the fuel accounts for around a third of the transportation costs, though various parties within the industry have not agreed on how the federal mandates should be implemented and structured.