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Big Rig Standard Could Save Biggest Trucking Fleets $1.7bn

UCS studyFedEx, Walmart, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and UPS — five of the country’s biggest trucking fleets — 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 today’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.

Today’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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4 thoughts on “Big Rig Standard Could Save Biggest Trucking Fleets $1.7bn

  1. Unfortunately I wouldn’t put too much stock in any study put out by the Union of Concerned Scientists as they are more of a liberal advocacy group then an organization that puts out unbiased reports on given subjects. I like to see what the industry has to say about the potential heavy-duty truck fuel efficiency standards that may be announced this spring.

  2. U noticed they said compared to 2010 trucks? The worst years because of all the epa crap. Take a pre egr truck,rebuild it, drive it right, 8-9. Mpg depending what u are doing with it. But they don’t want to look at that:) They would all be out of jobs

  3. UCS was a key driving force behind the development of wind power in the US in the 1980’s, identifying optimal candidate site conditions, annual potential capacities, etc., including a series of studies over several years that drove SERI (now NREL) in blade and component design to take the wind machines from KW to MW sizes, making the US THE global market for wind energy. I am sorry, Mr. Glick, but I can not put too much stock in your uninformed opinion.

  4. Don’t you think if it was that big of a ‘cost effective’ cost savings they would be doing it already?? Wouldn’t they be constantly looking for ways to improve instead of waiting for the govt to issue another edict? infowars.com

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