EPA, NHTSA Finalize Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Trucks

green earth, environmentThe Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have jointly finalized standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles in an effort to boost fuel efficiency and address carbon pollution.

EPA said Tuesday the final phase two standards promotes a generation of clean and fuel-efficient trucks that utilize a wider application of currently available technologies as well as the development of new technologies through model year 2027.

“The actions we take today on climate change will help lessen the impacts on future generations,” said Gina McCarthy, EPA administrator.

McCarthy noted the next phase of standards for heavy- and medium-duty vehicles will work to cut greenhouse gas emissions and drive innovation in support of U.S. efforts to develop fuel-efficient technologies through the next decade and beyond.

EPA expects the standards to generate $230 billion in savings out of climate, public health and oil consumption costs from semi-trucks, large pickup trucks and vans, and all types and sizes of buses and work trucks.

The agencies will also work to create standards for fuel-efficiency and GHG standards for trailers to include currently excluded categories such as mobile homes.

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