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New Fuel-Economy Standards For Semi-Trucks

On Tuesday August 16, 2016, the White House finalized the new fuel-economy standards for semi-trucks. These standards not only apply to semi-trucks, but buses and heavy-duty vehicles as well. Though such vehicles such as garbage trucks or tractor-trailers only make up around  5% of total highway traffic, they account for 20% of transportation-related fuel consumption and carbon emissions. The benefits to implementing such standards include:
  • The elimination of 1.1 billion metric tons of carbon pollution
  • 2 billion barrels of oil saved
  • A savings of $170 billion in fuel costs
  • An annual household savings of $400

By the year 2027, compliant semi-trucks are expected to reduce CO2 emissions significantly over the life of the trucks. While the technology involved in meeting the set regulations is expected to increase the initial costs of the trucks, operators are expected to see significant savings in both fuel and operating costs

To meet the set regulations, semi-truck manufacturers are given the freedom to implement different technologies to meet the required reductions. Such technologies can include different combinations such including:

  • Engine performance
  • Advanced aerodynamics
  • Automatic tire inflation
  • Lower rolling resistance tires

The regulations are expected to have positive implications for the environment, the industry overall, and the common person as well. The lower costs in operating medium-sized trucks is likely to have an effect on how much people pay for goods. This not only creates less of a financial burden, but also is instrumental in creating more jobs. For additional updates on these greenhouse and gas efficiencies and other semi-truck industry news, continue to follow us.