EPA Has Big Ambitions for New Heavy Duty Fuel Economy Standards

June 26, 2013

By Oliver Patton

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The Environmental Protection Agency is more ambitious for the next phase of its heavy-duty truck fuel economy standards than it was for the first.

Christopher Grundler, director of the EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, said that while it’s too early to spell out details, the agency will look at trailers as well as new engine and transmission technologies.

In remarks Wednesday morning to fuel and transportation experts gathered in Washington, D.C., for the Alternative Clean Transportation Expo, Grundler said the agency also will look at aerodynamics, alternative fuels and the legacy fleet.

Grundler was discussing the issue in the wake of President Obama’s announcement yesterday that EPA will develop new fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards for post-2018 model year trucks, following on the standards that were put in place in 2011.

“We are talking to manufacturers and we’re very excited about the technologies they are working on for the future,” Grundler said.

“The technologies span the gamut from better engines to better transmissions, to better aerodynamic designs to mass production to fuel-based strategies. All of that will be on the table for consideration as we begin this collaborative process.”

He said the agency intends to build on the “substantial amount of good will” generated by the effort that led to the 2011 standards.

“Everyone embraced these standards because we worked collaboratively,” he said. “It was remarkable what we achieved.”

Still, he said, the agency is setting higher goals for the next round. “It will be more challenging and more difficult to achieve, but worth while. There are still cost savings that are available to customers that we would like to see.”

He said the agency will follow the same process this time around: engage the stakeholders early on, keep them involved and listen to the opportunities they see as well as their concerns.

Meanwhile, the agency is focusing on implementing the 2011 standards, he said.

Those standards will lead to significant fuel savings. Grundler said that by 2025, the U.S. will be using 2.1 million barrels less oil per day than it does now – more than was imported from the Persian Gulf last year.


  1. 1. Thomas Capizzi [ June 27, 2013 @ 03:30AM ]

    It is amazing how the EPA takes credit for the hard work that the engine companies did to meet all of these emission standards. The private sector will always meet or exceed the standards set by people who don't have a clue.

  2. 2. JTG [ June 27, 2013 @ 04:14AM ]

    More Obama BS making it more difficult to operate and more expensive to repair.

  3. 3. TMD [ June 27, 2013 @ 06:25AM ]

    Once again Obama makes demands for a technology he knows nothing about, and does not exist yet.

  4. 4. Vee [ June 27, 2013 @ 06:41AM ]

    It's amazing how this country thinks nothing of it's people and the troubling times they are in, what was suppose to be $6500.00 increase in truck cost ended up being $25,000. This next round will put another $25,000 on the cost of a truck, bringing the cost up to $200,000.00. Putting more people out of business with something no other country is doing and then expect us to finance your stupid pipe dreams and the government of other countries. Put the dope away people and back the f'*** up and quit ramming your believes down my throat!!!!!

  5. 5. Pismobreak [ June 27, 2013 @ 07:23AM ]

    The EPA is the biggest threat to our liberty today. A non-elected body churning out endless regulation, held up as law by our corrupt federal courts, and chewing up private property rights at an alarming rate. All this extra-constitutional (read, "illegal") tyranny is justified and seemingly accepted in the name of saving the environment . . . I will not submit.


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