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November 2, 2017 - Industry News

Clean Air Action Plan Approved by SoCal Ports

Photo: Port of Long Beach

The Clean Air Action Plan, which seeks to aggressively reduce emissions at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, has been approved by the harbor commissions of both ports.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, Regulations, Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Ports

August 29, 2017 - Industry News

California Gears up for Stricter Diesel Truck Emissions Regulations

California legislators may soon target older diesel trucks in a new round of tough state emissions regulations. Photo: Jim Park

Diesel-powered trucks appear to be in the crosshairs once again as California legislators, citing overwhelming public support, call for even tougher emissions regulations.

Tags: California, CALSTART, Diesel Technology Forum, CARB, Emissions Reduction, Diesel Emissions, Electric Vehicles, Regulations

June 12, 2017 - Industry News

Attorneys General Vow to Fight Emissions Easing By Trump

Photo via Wikimedia.

A coalition of 13 attorneys general led by New York's Eric Schneiderman told the Trump administration it could expect a "vigorous" legal challenge to any attempt to weaken pollution standards for light duty vehicles.

Tags: Regulations, Emissions Reduction, Donald Trump, CAFE Standards

January 6, 2017 - Industry News

Could New Administration, Congress Scuttle GHG Phase 2 Rule?

Photo: Jim Park

Could the incoming administration or Congress deep-six the Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas rule? ATA's Glen Kedzie says it's entirely possible, but he cautions to "be careful what you ask for."

Tags: Emissions, GHG Phase 2, Donald Trump, Regulations

November 29, 2016 - Industry News

EPA Approves Modest Renewable Fuel Increase for 2017

Chart courtesy of EPA.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved a 6% increase in the level of biofuels that producers must blend with gasoline and diesel in 2017 that falls significantly short of amount required by the Renewable Fuel Standard by 2022.

Tags: EPA, Biofuels, Regulations, Renewable Fuels Standard

November 9, 2016 - Industry News

CNG, LPG Vehicle Market to Grow 10% a Year by 2022

The global compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) market is expected to grow by more than 10% a year over the next six years due to the increase in population and urbanization, a growing demand for passenger and commercial vehicles, and stringent emission control regulations, according to a new forecast.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Propane Autogas, CNG, Regulations, Forecast

August 30, 2016 - Industry News

Phase 2 GHG Rules to Curtail Use of Glider Kits

Trucks are new but their engines are "pre-emission" -- a plus for buyers of gliders but a minus in the eyes of regulators. Photos: Tom Berg

Starting in January of 2021, under the new greenhouse gas regulations, glider kits will be allowed mostly for their original purpose, which was reclaiming late-model powertrains from wrecked trucks.

Tags: Emissions, Glider Kits, Regulations, EPA, GHG Phase 2

August 25, 2016 - Industry News

California Toughens Greenhouse Gas Emission Rules

California is set to approve even tougher air-quality controls that would further reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, after the state Legislature passed Senate Bill 32 on Aug. 24.

Tags: California, Emissions Reduction, Greenhouse Gas, Regulations

May 20, 2016 - Industry News

Calif. Clean Air Plan Calls for Further NOx, PM Reductions

As part of a broad-reaching clean air program, California has proposed a low-NOx engine standard for heavy trucks. Truck and engine makers have said in the past that striving for low NOx in diesels could conflict with federal efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by increasing fuel economy.

Tags: CARB, Regulations, California, NOx, Diesel Emissions

October 9, 2015 - Industry News

EPA Fines Estes Express $100,000 for California Violations

Image via Estes YouTube

EPA has fined Estes Express Lines $100,000 for failing to install diesel particulate filters on 15% of its California fleet.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, Regulations, California, EPA, Fines

August 18, 2015 - Industry News

Concerns Aired at GHG Phase 2 Hearing

A panel of representatives from the EPA and NHTSA listened to comments and suggestions for the proposed Phase 2 GHG rules. Photo by Steven Martinez.

EPA and NHTSA's public hearing on proposed GHG Phase 2 standards allowed fleets, manufacturers, environmental groups and legislators to air their concerns on the future emissions rules, often disagreeing on the particulars.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, Regulations, EPA, NHTSA

August 5, 2015 - Industry News

Phase 2 GHG Public Hearing Scheduled

EPA and NHTSA will hold a public hearing on Aug. 6 in Chicago for the proposed Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles.

Tags: Regulations, EPA, NHTSA, Greenhouse Gas

June 30, 2015 - Industry News

Trailers Meeting Phase 2 Fuel-GHG Regs Already Out There

Trailers like this one being used by Nussbaum Transportation, equipped with aerodynamic fairings, plus low rolling-resistance tires and inflation devices, will probably meet EPA and NHTSA’s Phase 2 GHG standards into 2027.  Photo courtesy Nussbaum Transportation

Aerodynamic fairings, low-rolling-resistance tires and automatic tire-inflation systems will allow manufacturers to meet the regulations,

Tags: Greenhouse Gases, Regulations, Trailers, Fuel Economy

April 24, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Sticks to Fuel-Tax Hike as Best Trust Fund Fix

Photo: Jim Park

The American Trucking Associations remains committed to seeing a surface transportation package passed this year that will ensure a long-term fix for the Highway Trust Fund.

Tags: CSA, Highway Trust Fund, ELDs, Highway Bill, FMCSA, Regulations, American Trucking Associations

March 23, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Joins Suit Against Oregon's Clean Fuels Program

The American Trucking Associations has joined a lawsuit against the state of Oregon to block the state’s low carbon fuel standards.

Tags: Regulations, ATA, Lawsuits, Oregon, Clean Fuels Coalition

March 6, 2015 - Industry News

CCTA Will Appeal CARB Decision to Supreme Court

Photo: CCTA

The 9th Circuit court ruled against the CCTA case challenging the legality of Truck and Bus regulations implemented by the California Air Resources Board. The CCTA has vowed to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.

Tags: CARB, Lawsuits, U.S. Supreme Court, EPA, Regulations, Legislation

February 27, 2015 - Industry News

EPA Awards $20 Million Contract For Emissions Research

Southwest Research Institute will conduct analytical services in emissions and fuel consumption on light- and heavy-duty vehicles and components under a five-year, $20.1 million contract from the EPA. Photo via Soutwest Research Institute

The Southwest Research Institute was awarded a five-year $20.16 million contract by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to provide testing and analytical services related to emissions and fuel consumption.

Tags: Emissions, Regulations, Fuel Efficiency, EPA

February 18, 2015 - Industry News

Electric Truck Maker Developing Drone Deployment System

Photo: AMP

AMP Electric Vehicles' Workhorse E-Gen Truck features an extended-range electric drive, and a number of forward-thinking features, including a drone delivery system.

Tags: Regulations, Delivery Truck, Drones, AMP Electric Vehicles, Workhorse

February 10, 2015 - Industry News

CARB Hosting Diesel Regulation and Compliance Event

One Stop Diesel Truck sessions are being hosted statewide in partnership with local agencies and vendors. Photo courtesy of ARB

The California Air Resources Board is hosting the Diesel Truck Regulation Information Session and Conference in Los Angeles to inform fleets about current rules on diesel engines and explain how to maintain compliance.

Tags: CARB, Diesel Emissions, Regulations

January 29, 2015 - Industry News

New York Ends LNG Storage Ban

New York is ending a more than 40-year ban on LNG storage by adopting stringent regulations for LNG distribution permits, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced.

Tags: Regulations, Natural Gas Vehicles, LNG Fueling Station, LNG, New York

January 23, 2015 - Industry News

Copper-Free Brake Initiative Signed by Trucking Groups

The signing ceremony for the Copper Free Brake Initiative. Photo courtesy of MEMA.

Several motor vehicle industry associations including the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association and Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association pledged to reduce the amount of copper in brake pads.

Tags: Regulations, EPA, HDMA, Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association, Air Brakes

January 20, 2015 - Industry News

EPA Chief: Fuel Prices Won't Affect Pending Truck Fuel Economy Proposal

Drilling rig in Wyoming. Photo courtesy BP plc.

The dip in oil prices is temporary and will not affect the way federal agencies set fuel economy standards, including upcoming new requirements for heavy trucks, said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.

Tags: Fuel Economy Standards, EPA, NHTSA, Regulations, Emissions

January 13, 2015 - Industry News

Older Medium-Duty Diesels Face New Calif. Regs

California fleets who use medium-duty diesel trucks older than 20 years may have to replace these Class 4-6 vehicles under a set of new regulations going into effect this year.

Tags: CARB, Regulations, Diesel Engines, Medium-Duty Trucks

January 8, 2015 - Industry News

What Will California Governor's Energy Goals Mean for Trucking?

In his inaugural address this week, California Gov. Jerry Brown laid out what he called “bold commitments” to sustain the environment in the nation’s most populous state, by reducing energy consumption.

Tags: Emissions, Diesel, Regulations, California, Renewable Fuel, CARB

September 24, 2014 - Industry News

EPA's Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas Rules Still Unknown

Proposals for Phase 2 of the federal government’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions regulations are approaching a deadline for publication, but neither the Environmental Protection Agency nor the manufacturers affected know much about what will be in them.

Tags: Diesel Emissions, EPA, GHG Phase 2, Trailers, Regulations, Technology & Maintenance Council

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