Given that transportation recently surpassed power plants as the leading U.S. source of carbon pollution, the EPA has targeted this sector for emission reduction.
On August 16, the EPA and the U.S. Transportation Department issued regulations that require trucks become more efficient through 2027.
The final rules achieve 10% more carbon emission and fuel-consumption reductions than last year’s proposed rules, likely raising the price tag price for such vehicles but cutting operating costs.
The truck rules will cut approximately 1.1 billion tons of carbon pollution through 2027, according to a White House fact sheet. This would save truck owners nearly $170 billion in fuel costs and reduce oil consumption by as much as 84 billion gallons.
When fully implemented, the rules mean that 2027 model-year heavy-duty trucks will be 25% more carbon efficient than those sold in the 2018 model year.
Big pickup trucks and vans will become 2.5% more efficient each year between 2021 and 2027.
The program will apply to truck trailers for the first time, reducing emissions and fuel consumption attributable to aerodynamic drag by up to 9%.
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