kscarbel Posted June 26, 2013 Share Posted June 26, 2013 The Detroit News / June 25, 2013Washington — President Barack Obama unveiled a new plan Tuesday to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including setting new fuel-efficiency standards for heavy-duty trucks after 2018, carbon emission limits for power plants and increasing use of compressed natural gas as a fuel for vehicles.The White House in 2011 finalized first-ever fuel-efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks. The standards call for those vehicles to reduce fuel consumption between 10 and 20 percent, depending on the design and purpose of the vehicles. The new rules, which take effect in the 2014 model year and run through 2018, are required under a 2007 energy law and will boost the efficiency of bigger vehicles up to 20 percent.The White House says it will begin work on post-2018 fuel economy standards for heavy-duty vehicles to further reduce fuel consumption. Heavy-duty vehicles are the second-largest source of greenhouse gas emissions within the transportation sector.Overall, the rules announced in 2011 are expected to save the industry $50 billion in fuel costs, or 530 billion barrels of oil, over that period, but will cost manufacturers $8.1 billion to build the more efficient vehicles.Prior to the 2007 energy law, medium- and heavy-duty trucks faced no regulations, unlike light-duty vehicles subject to the Corporate Average Fuel Economy mandates.Under the program, trucks and buses built from 2014 through 2018 will reduce greenhouse gas pollution by approximately 270 million metric tons. Certain combination tractors — commonly known as big-rigs or semi-trucks — will be required to achieve up to approximately 20 percent reduction in fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by model year 2018, saving up to four gallons of fuel for every 100 miles traveled.The White House said Obama will again call for more use of compressed natural gas by vehicles.In April, Obama said he wants to hike the Energy Department’s vehicle research budget 75 percent to $575 million and create a $2 billion trust fund to fund research into getting the country off foreign oil over the next 10 years. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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