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EPA Setting Standards for Truck Emissions in Push for Climate Change

Following on the heels of it’s announcement to set standards on airplane emissions, today the EPA announced new standards for heavy-duty trucks.

The proposal would require heavy-duty trucks to be more fuel-efficient beginning with model year 2019. This would force tractor trailers to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by 24 percent. Vocational vehicles, pick up trucks and light vans would be required to become 16 percent more efficient.

The EPA and US DOT say the proposed rule would save 1 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide and 1.8 billion barrels of oil over the life of vehicles and engines sold during the program.