Trucks, buses and working vehicles… We rely on them for commerce, safety, transportation, and to get the job done. They’re the engine of the American economy. They’re also one of the nation’s largest and fastest growing sources of the carbon dioxide that harms our climate, threatening our health and environment. That’s why President Obama’s Climate Action Plan calls for the next phase of strong and affordable greenhouse gas standards for medium and heavy-duty trucks. The new standards deliver by cutting more than a billion tons of carbon dioxide over the life of the vehicles. Increased fuel efficiency will save an estimated 2 billion barrels of oil. More work per gallon will pump about 170 billion dollars back to American businesses. Let’s look under the hood. Advanced aerodynamics, engine and transmission improvements and other innovations will allow medium and heavy-duty trucks to cut carbon pollution by up to 25 percent per truck by 2027. The standards pay for themselves mile after mile: new trucks will burn less fuel and save money – paying their owners back in two to four years. The standards phase in over time.
Trailer standards start in 2018, truck standards start in 2021, and all standards ramp up through 2027 – giving manufacturers significant time to design new vehicles, while providing extra time for small businesses. New, cleaner trucks will keep America’s economy rolling. U.S. companies will continue to pull ahead as leaders in technological innovation. Down the road, that means we’ll drive progress against climate change, better protecting the future of communities across the country and the next generation.