Truck makers to get rules on fuel economy soon


The Obama administration has asked the EPA and the NHTSA to propose new fuel economy rules for trucks by March of 2015.

Heavy-duty trucks account for close to 25% of the greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. from the transportation sector.

Truck makers such as Cummins (CMI), Navistar (NAV), Oshkosh (OSK), Volvo (VOLVY), and PACCAR (PCAR) are already under general directives issued by the government in 2011 on fuel economy.

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  • LabTech
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    Tell the Obama administration they should look at companies like ePower Engine Systems and Axion Power International, and stop trying to push EVs and Li-ion on everyone, if they really want to cut green house gases.
    18 Feb 2014, 01:42 PM Reply Like
  • dux20
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    Its time to switch to Natural Gas for medium and big trucks. The technology exists, we've got plenty of it, its much cheaper than diesel and the "bird and bunny" folks should like it too (although its hard to make them happy).
    18 Feb 2014, 09:29 PM Reply Like
  • bigrandy1958
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    I believe CMI has been diligently working on the development of a big-rig engine that runs on compressed natural gas. I got in on some CMI stock last year in anticipation of this... just hope it pans out well for me.
    19 Feb 2014, 11:16 PM Reply Like
  • tkraus@mema.org
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    Cummins and others are working on this issue and it will be a winner.
    Re: Class 8 NatGas: Making LNG market-cost as an economically acceptable model is the key, due to size and volume limitations with tankage. CNG does not provide the 500-650 mile range required to make it feasible at this time.
    LNG requires cryo-tanks to be in the $7-8,000 range, as in China. Here they are $35-45,000 at this time here. That could provide 600-650 miles in range needed by fleets.
    Re-fueling infrastructure also remains a challenge, but Clean Energy and several others are working on dual-LNG/CNG refueling, as well as fleet re-fueling solutions.
    25 Mar 2014, 09:45 AM Reply Like
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