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January 9, 2018 - Industry News

EPA, CARB Certify Cummins Westport ISX12N Natural Gas Engine

ISX12N Natural Gas Engine Photo: Cummins Westport

Cummins Westport announced that the Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board have certified the 2018 ISX12N natural gas engine.

Tags: CARB, EPA, Natural Gas Vehicles, RNG, Cummins Westport, CNG, LNG, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Engines, GHG Phase 2, Emissions Reduction

January 8, 2018 - Industry News

Environmental Group, State Attorneys Urge EPA to Keep Glider Kit GHG Rules

Photo: Tom Berg

Environmental advocates, state attorneys general, and others are urging the Environmental Protection Agency to maintain the Obama administration’s ruling on glider kits under the Greenhouse Gas Phase 2 rules, calling the current efforts to reverse the rule at odds with the Clean Air Act.

Tags: Emissions, Regulations, EPA, Environmental Defense Fund, Glider Kits, GHG Phase 2, Donald Trump, Barack Obama

December 4, 2017 - Industry News

EPA Proposal to Exempt Gliders from GHG Regs Draws Criticism in Hearing

This ICCT graphic shows per-mile emissions of glider vehicles vs. EPA-2010 trucks. Results derived from testing conducted by EPA's National Vehicle & Fuel Emissions Laboratory. Results reflect a 95% weighting of highway activity and 5% weighting of transient activity for a test vehicle with a combined weight of 60,000 pounds.

Opponents of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to roll back the glider kit portion of its greenhouse gas emissions regulations testified Monday that the agency is ignoring its own research and that excepting gliders will put truck and engine makers at a significant competitive disadvantage.

Tags: Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, Glider Kits, GHG Phase 2

November 9, 2017 - Industry News

EPA Issues Proposal to Pull Glider Kits from GHG/MPG Rule

A  new glider kit fitted with an old engine. Photo: Tom Berg

The Environmental Protection Agency issued a proposed rule on Nov. 9 that would repeal emission requirements for glider vehicles, glider engines, and glider kits.

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

October 31, 2017 - Industry News

EPA Aiming to Yank Glider Kits from GHG/MPG Rule

New glider kit fitted with pre-2002 engine. Photo: Tom Berg

The Environmental Protection Agency has begun the formal process to launch a rulemaking that would eliminate provisions affecting glider kits within the Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards, which start to take effect in January.

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

October 27, 2017 - Industry News

Court Decision Puts GHG Phase 2 Rules for Trailers on Hold

TTMA contends that the fleets that can benefit from aerodyamic technology on trailers are already using it voluntarily. Photo: Utility Trailer

A three-judge panel Friday granted the Truck Trailer Manufacturer’s Association request to provisionally stay the trailer provisions of the greenhouse gas/fuel economy standards that were slated to go into effect in January.

Tags: Trailers, Fuel Economy, GHG Phase 2, EPA

August 18, 2017 - Industry News

GHG Rule Review Pleases Trailer Makers, Concerns Some Stakeholders

Trailer skirts like this one benefit some carriers, but not enough fleets so they should be mandated, contend trailer makers. Photo: Utility Trailer Mfg.

The Trump administration’s announcement that it will revisit parts of the Phase 2 greenhouse gas/fuel economy rules were greeted with cautious optimism by the trailer makers who pushed for the review, but with concern by other parties.

Tags: Trailers, EPA, NHTSA, GHG Phase 2

August 17, 2017 - Industry News

EPA to Reconsider GHG Standards for Trailers, Glider Kits

Many fuel economy experts say trailers need to be part of the equation. Photo: TrailerTails

Just months before new greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency rules affecting trailers and glider kits are scheduled to start taking effect, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it plans to revisit those rules.

Tags: Trailers, GHG Phase 2, EPA, Fuel Economy, NHTSA

July 28, 2017 - Industry News

Carrier Transicold Offers Greener Refrigerant Option

Photo: Carrier Transicold

Carrier Transicold has announced that it will be offering the more environmentally friendly refrigerant R-452A as an alternative for use in its truck and trailer refrigeration systems later this year.

Tags: Emissions, Refrigerated Truck, EPA, Refrigerated Trailers

July 26, 2017 - Industry News

Duke Energy Tackles Truck Idling at N.C. Distribution Facility

Photo via Duke Energy

Duke Energy will be heading a $320,000 project to install a total of 36 electric power outlets for heavy trucks at a distribution center for Merchants Distributors in Hickory, N.C.

Tags: EPA, Duke Energy, Idle Reduction, IdleAir, Shorepower Technologies

January 18, 2017 - Industry News

Trump's EPA Pick Questions Emissions Regs

Photo of Scott Pruitt via Gage Skidmore/Flickr.

Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump's choice to lead the EPA, questioned emissions regs during a Jan. 18 hearing and said he disagrees with giving California power to impose stricter standards.

Tags: Emissions, EPA, Donald Trump

January 12, 2017 - Industry News

EPA Accuses FCA of Excess Diesel Emissions

Photo of Ram 1500 EcoDiesel courtesy of FCA.

The U.S. EPA has accused Fiat Chrysler of failing to disclose engine management software that increased air pollution in 104,000 diesel-powered Ram 1500 trucks and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs in the 2014 to 2016 model years.

Tags: Jeep Grand Cherokee, Diesel Emissions, EPA, FCA, Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, FCA Diesel Scandal

December 21, 2016 - Industry News

EMA to Work with EPA on Proposed Diesel NOx Rule for 2024

EPA said its new proposed rule to further reduce diesel NOx emissions by 2024 was spurred by several state and city petitions from around the country. Photo: Jim Park

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced that it will begin work on a new proposed rule aimed at setting lower standards for NOx diesel emissions from heavy-duty diesel engines beginning in model year 2024.

Tags: CARB, EPA, NOx, EMA

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

October 25, 2016 - Industry News

GHG Phase 2 Rule Published

Photo: Jim Park

The Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have officially published the Phase 2 greenhouse gas/ fuel efficiency rule for commercial vehicles in the Federal Register.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, EPA, Greenhouse Gas, GHG Phase 2

October 13, 2016 - Industry News

Detroit Diesel to Pay $28.5 Million in Clean Air Act Settlement

Image: U.S. Department of Justice

Detroit Diesel Corp. will pay $28.5 million, in a combination of fines and funding for pollution-reduction projects, to settle alleged violations of the Clean Air Act.

Tags: Detroit Diesel, EPA, Department of Justice

October 6, 2016 - Industry News

ATA Honors SmartWay and TAEC Award Winners at MC&E

ATA members are honored for excellence in the EPA's Smartway program. Photo: Evan Lockridge

ATA recognized award recipients at the Management Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas, honoring winners of the EPA SmartWay Excellence Award and the President's Trucking Association Executives Council Leadership Award.

Tags: ATA, SmartWay, Leadership, EPA, Iowa, Awards, ATA MC&E

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 16, 2016 - Industry News

Final Greenhouse Gas Phase 2 Regs Unveiled

Illustration by herlitz_pbs, used under Creative Commons license.

The federal government released highly anticipated "Phase 2" greenhouse gas/fuel economy rules for medium and heavy-duty vehicles Tuesday, which in some ways go further than the original proposal unveiled last year.

Tags: Emissions, EPA, NHTSA, GHG Phase 2

June 28, 2016 - Industry News

Caterpillar Reaches Settlement in EPA Emissions Lawsuit

Caterpillar touted its unique ACERT technology as the answer to EPA 2007 emissions regs. HDT file photo by STF

Caterpillar has reached a settlement in a class action lawsuit over allegedly defective ACERT EPA 2007-compliant engines, with owners of these engines eligible to receive $500 to $10,000 per engine.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Caterpillar, Diesel Emissions, EPA, Litigation

June 6, 2016 - Industry News

Truck GHG Phase 2: Final Rule Could See August Release

Federal Phase 2 GHG/MPG rules are a step closer to being finalized. Image: Environmental Defense Fund

The Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration submitted its proposed Phase 2 GHG/MPG rule for trucks and trailers to the Office of Management and Budget on June 3 for required regulatory review.

Tags: Emissions, MPG, EPA, NHTSA, GHG Phase 2

May 4, 2016 - Product News

Uniroyal Trailer Tire Receives EPA SmartWay Verification

Photo: Uniroyal Tire

Uniroyal Commercial Truck Tires' LT40 long-haul and regional trailer tire has met the requirements for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay Technology program.

Tags: SmartWay, EPA, Tires, Uniroyal, Low-rolling Resistance

April 21, 2016 - Industry News

Diesel Emissions Reduction Act Extension Introduced

Chart courtesy of EPA.

U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) has introduced a bill to extend the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) through 2021 to continue to provide EPA grants to reduce diesel emissions.

Tags: Diesel Emissions, EPA, Diesel Technology Forum, Federal Grants, Legislation

March 24, 2016 - Industry News

EPA Not Backing off GHG Rules for Trailers, Glider Kits

Photo: Utility Trailer Manufacturing

EPA and NHTSA have again indicated they intend to regulate truck trailers and glider kits under their Phase 2 proposal for limiting the GHG emissions and fuel consumption of on-highway trucks.

Tags: Trailers, EPA, Glider Kits, NHTSA, GHG Phase 2

March 3, 2016 - Industry News

Nestlé Waters Adds 155 Propane Autogas Trucks

Photo: Nestlé Waters

Nestlé Waters North America has expanded its propane autogas fleet by adding 155 Ford F-650 beverage delivery trucks powered by the alternative fuel.

Tags: Nestle, EPA, ROUSH CleanTech, Ford F-650

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