Big Rig Standard Could Save Biggest Trucking Fleets $1.7bn
FedEx, Walmart, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and UPS â€” five of the countryâ€™s biggest trucking fleets â€”Â could cut their fuel use by 500 million gallons a year under the new heavy duty truck fuel efficiency standard, saving $1.7 billion on fuel, according to a Union of Concerned Scientists study.
The EPA and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are expected to announce the standard this spring.
According to the study, Engines for Change, if todayâ€™s trucks met a 40 percent standard, oil use would be reduced by 9 billion gallons from shipping goods alone, saving truckers $30 billion in fuel costs and cutting more than 110 million tons of CO2 emissions.
Todayâ€™s heavy-duty trucks get around 6 miles to the gallon. The freight fleet uses 21 billion gallons of fuel a year.
The report says technology exists to make new trucks 40 percent more efficient compared to 2010 levels, in a cost-effective way.
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