Industry reacts to fuel economy standards

Oct. 26, 2010
Fleet Owner has compiled this selection of statements as companies are beginning to react to the EPA’s new fuel-economy standards for the trucking industry. For more on what the new standards are, click here

Lisa P. Jackson, EPA administrator:

“These new standards are another step in our work to develop a new generation of clean, fuel-efficient American vehicles that will improve our environment and strengthen our economy. In addition to cutting greenhouse gas pollution, greater fuel economy will shrink fuel costs for small businesses that depend on pickups and heavy duty vehicles, shipping companies and cities and towns with fleets of these vehicles. Those savings can be invested in new jobs at home, rather than heading overseas and increasing our dependence on foreign oil.”

Rich Freeland, Cummins Engine Business president:

“For some time now, Cummins has advocated for consistent and responsible regulations that recognize the needs of business, offer clear direction and provide incentives to companies that create innovative technologies as well as jobs in this country. Such regulations also add real value to our customers, as better fuel economy lowers their operating costs while significantly benefiting the environment. We look forward to working with the EPA, DOT and other stakeholders in developing the final rule.”

Joe Plomin, ArvinMeritor, vice president truck:

“ArvinMeritor recognizes the need for the Environmental Protection Agency’s and the Transportation Department’s recently announced fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks aimed to lower greenhouse gases and improve the fuel efficiency of trucks by 20 percent. ArvinMeritor also realizes that these improvements must be made available through cost effective solutions to truck operators who are continually challenged with increasing costs throughout their business. We challenged our engineering and product teams to optimize our core products – individually and collectively -- to provide our truck operators of all sizes an efficiency edge in the workplace – where they make their living every day.

Kyle Treadway, American Truck Dealers chairman:

“Dealers support improving fuel economy for medium- and heavy-duty trucks. However, today’s fuel-economy proposal for model years 2014-18 is expected to add thousands of dollars to the cost per truck. We are concerned that this could price some buyers out of the market.”

Ray LaHood, U.S. Transportation Secretary:

“Through new fuel-efficiency standards for trucks and buses, we will not only reduce transportation’s environmental impact, we’ll reduce the cost of transporting freight. This is a win-win-win for the environment, businesses and the American consumer.”

Bryan Hansel, Smith Electric Vehicles CEO:

“The Obama Administration has set an admirable goal to significantly improve fuel consumption for all work trucks, which consume as much as 20 percent of the nation’s gasoline use. Companies that must now meet the president’s deadline should know that all-electric trucks offer fuel costs that are as much as 75 percent lower than diesel. They also cut tail pipe emissions to zero. As a nation, we could easily meet the new rules the administration has set by continuing to adopt electric-truck technology in place of diesel-powered trucks, which will not only make our air cleaner, but also will be a better business investment for all companies looking to cut their fuel costs.”

Richard Kolodziej, NGVAmerica president:

“It is unfortunate and disappointing that this Administration has not included incentives for natural gas powered trucks. The rules are designed to address the urgent and closely intertwined challenges of dependence on oil, energy security and global climate changes, and natural gas vehicles do just that and more.”

Daniel C. Ustian, Navistar Chairman, president & CEO:

“As a leader in manufacturing medium and heavy-duty engines and vehicles in the United States, Navistar has been actively engaged in providing solutions for improved fuel efficiency and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. While it’s too soon to evaluate all elements of the proposed regulations, we are committed to engaging with the EPA and DOT on this issue. We look forward to working together with government and industry leaders in the months ahead to implement changes that will benefit the customers and communities we serve with cleaner, more fuel efficient commercial vehicles.”

Jed Mandel, Engine Manufacturers Assn president:

“As the primary manufacturers of medium and heavy-duty engines and vehicles in the United States, EMA and TMA members have always focused on improving fuel efficiency and have made significant advances in reducing fuel use in medium and heavy-duty engines and vehicles. Better fuel efficiency is a key customer demand in the commercial vehicle sector, and our members continuously work to introduce better and more efficient technologies and systems into the marketplace. Because improved efficiency also results in lower greenhouse gas emissions, engine and truck manufacturers’ efforts to improve fuel efficiency for our customers align well with the overall goals of the regulation proposed today.”

Tim Blubaugh, Truck Manufactuers Assn. president

“Truck manufacturers believe that a program based on the principles outlined in the President’s memorandum will best serve the interests of the nation and our customers. EPA and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration need to provide manufacturers adequate lead time, encourage the use of existing technologies, assure regulatory compatibility with the complex commercial engine and truck marketplace, and avoid potential unintended consequences. Our review and comments on the proposed regulation will focus on assuring that the final regulation is consistent with the above principles, which were outlined in letters that manufacturers submitted to the President in May.”

Randall Scheps, Aluminum Assn.’s Aluminum Transportation Group chairman:

“To meet the tough new fuel economy and emissions regulations being proposed today, next generation commercial vehicles will need to be lighter, cleaner and more fuel efficient – and aluminum delivers on all fronts. If newly built Class 8 truck and trailers were down weighted by using even more aluminum, it could save 3,300 pounds for each unit, in turn saving one billion gallons of diesel fuel and 10 million tons of carbon annually across the fleet.”

Allen Schaeffer, Diesel Technology Forum executive director:

“Diesel engines offer an unmatched combination of energy-efficiency, work capability, reliability and now near-zero emissions environmental performance making them the technology of choice for commercial trucks today and into the foreseeable future. For all parties, the challenge of increasing fuel efficiency while maintaining or improving environmental, safety and productivity of commercial vehicles is as important as it is complex. It is fitting that a key solution for solving this challenge lies in the diesel engine. While not a new concept to diesel engine and truck manufacturers, pursuit of greater fuel efficiency has always been a key driver of product development to meet customer demands. As we learn more about the details of the proposal, it is expected that the proposed rule will likely expand the deployment of existing technologies and demand further innovation that recognizes the unique considerations of the trucking industry and commercial heavy-duty applications.”

Robin Easton, PACCAR treasurer and spokesperson:

"The proposed regulation was announced on October 25 and is 673 pages long. We are analyzing the details and look forward to working with the EPA/NHTSA during the 60-day comment period to fully understand all the aspects of the proposed regulation.”

Bill Graves, American Trucking Assns. president & CEO:

“Through ATA’s ongoing dialogue with both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Transportation (DOT), we are encouraged that the proposal takes into account the wide diversity of operations within our industry and the need to build flexibility into the rulemaking process. We are pleased by the Administration’s focus on reducing carbon output and improving fuel efficiency from our sector and we look forward to working with both agencies throughout the rulemaking process.”

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