First-Ever Heavy Duty Rules Deliver Truckload of Savings

Better, Cleaner Trucks Good News for Wildlife, Economy

08-09-2011 // Miles Grant
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President Obama is set to unveil the first-ever fuel efficiency standards for medium and heavy duty pickup trucks, vocational trucks, and combination tractors/semis. The proposed National Heavy Duty Program will save Americans $35 billion in fuel costs, cut 98 million barrels of oil consumption annually by 2030, and clear 246 million metric tons of carbon dioxide pollution from our skies.

“These standards will provide welcome fuel savings, budget relief, and pollution reduction to those who rely on heavy trucks to move America’s goods and people, haul equipment on the job, or tow a boat to the lake,” said Larry Schweiger, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. Truck manufacturers and workers, state and federal regulators, and conservationists stand together behind this new rule. It shows what Americans can accomplish when we work together.”

Coming on the heels of new standards for cars and light duty trucks, the National Heavy Duty Program would cut fuel consumption across all types of trucks from 2014-2018, including fuel savings of:

  • 10% for heavy duty gas pickups
  • 14% for heavy duty diesel pickups
  • 7-10% for vocational vehicles such as transit buses, school buses and deliver vans
  • 7-20% for combination tractors/semis

Taken together, the three sets of standards would cut 639 million metric tons of greenhouse gas pollution annually by 2030 – the equivalent of about 10 percent of America’s carbon footprint today. That’s a critical step in confronting global warming, the single biggest threat facing America’s wildlife,” said Zoe Lipman, the National Wildlife Federation’s senior manager for transportation and global warming solutions. “The standards will also cut America’s oil consumption by 3.4 million barrels of oil every single day – more than we currently get from Saudi Arabia, Nigeria and Venezuela combined.”

The National Wildlife Federation also issued a joint report today with the Natural Resources Defense Council and UAW on the economic benefits of fuel efficiency standards. More than 155,000 American workers already are making components for clean, fuel-efficient vehicles, and that number could grow significantly as the United States continues to embrace new generations of fuel efficient cars and trucks.

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