In the State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama talked about his energy strategy for the United States. One part of his overall strategy is to set new fuel efficiency standards for trucks.
The trucks he refers to are the heavy trucks used by shipping and transport businesses. Lighter trucks, like the sort the average American might buy for their personal use, are covered under CAFE rules which will increase average fleet fuel efficiency to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. Ford and other automotive industry leaders are already making strides towards greater fuel efficiency in lighter trucks with innovations like the all-aluminum F-150.
Here’s what Obama had to say about fuel efficiency standards for trucks:
And even as we’ve increased energy production, we’ve partnered with businesses, builders, and local communities to reduce the energy we consume. When we rescued our automakers, for example, we worked with them to set higher fuel efficiency standards for our cars. In the coming months, I’ll build on that success by setting new standards for our trucks, so we can keep driving down oil imports and what we pay at the pump.
It’s not specific, so we’ll have to wait and see what Congress comes up with. Makers of semis are already moving forward with ideas on fuel efficiency. Cummins and Peterbilt came out with a “SuperTruck” last year that showed a 54% gain in fuel efficiency over other models. It would save an estimated $25,000 per year in fuel costs. Added up over an entire fleet of trucks, that could have a significant impact on a transport company’s bottom line.
With a push from the President and Congress, these fuel efficiency standards for trucks could make a big difference in cost savings for companies, emissions, and an overall reduction in dependence on fuel imports.
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