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Large Trucks Must Reduce Emissions by 2018

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On: Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 1:27PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Large Trucks Must Reduce Emissions by 2018

The first ever fuel efficiency and emissions standards have been announced today by the Obama administration governing big tractor trailers and commercial trucks.

The joint Transportation Department and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) initiative will encompass a wide range of vehicles such as; fleet vans and long haul trucks.  The bill governing the new emissions restrictions is projected to reduce green-house emissions by 250 million tons and 500 million barrels of oil in the first 5 years after the program is initiated.

"It will reduce our reliance on oil. Strengthen our energy security and mitigate climate change," said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

The regulation would apply for new trucks that are model years 2014 to 2018; the new mandate will be complete in 2011.

"These new standards are another step in our work to develop a new generation of clean, fuel-efficient American vehicles that will improve our environment and strengthen our economy," added EPA head Lisa Jackson.

Many large businesses such as Fed-X and UPS would be mandated to upgrade their fleet which will drastically increase the demand for new fleet vehicles.

Under the proposal, large trucks such as tractor trailer rigs will have to achieve up to a 20% reduction in carbon emissions and fuel consumption by the time 2018 model years are launched.

Other trucks and vans such as the Ford F-150 Super Duty and the Dodge Ram will have separate regulations with a goal of a 10% reduction for gas and 15% for diesel standards starting in the 2014 model year.

Fire and garbage trucks, buses and utility trucks such as concrete mixers would need to attain a 10% reduction in fuel consumption and output of carbon emissions.

It has been estimated by the EPA that the expense of transitioning to more fuel efficient vehicles would be offset by fuel savings in the first year, and save as much as $74,000 during the lifetime of one truck's use.

The Natural Resources Defense Council is pleased with the new proposal, but would like for the standards to be more rigid.

"Heavy trucks and buses are the energy hogs of America's roadways -- but they don't have to be," said Luke Tonachel of the NRDC. "Today's proposal should be strengthened further to maximize the environmental, security and economic benefits."

The federal regulations that will reduce emissions from light trucks and cars were finalized in April. Those standards call for a 30% decrease in carbon emissions and as high as a 42% increase in fuel efficiency with a 35.5 mpg minimum fuel economy by the model year 2016.




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AmsoilDealer | 1:51PM (Sun, May 8, 2011)

Amsoil has proven in many independent tests to increase fuel mileage in big rigs from 3-8.
Amsoil has By Pass Filters that remove 98.7 of 2 micron particles and 39 or 1 micron and below particles from the engine oil. Clean uncontaminated oils do not need to be changed.
Again documented tests running 100,000 miles and longer without an oil change. Oil analysis is also used to make sure the oil is still lubricating properly.
Actually engine tear downs and inspection by independent engine raters have determined engine wear was comparable to changing the oil every 15,000-20,000 miles.
If this were used in all fleets in the US we could save billions of barrels of oil per year. Much less waste oil to contend with.
Thank you,
Terry Riney
530 755 0135



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