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Why (Run on) Less is more…

“Run on Less” is more than just a catchy slogan or fancy new report. What is Run on Less? It’s a first-of-its-kind event in which several trucking fleets are showcasing highly efficient tractor-...A first-of-its-kind event in which several trucking fleets are showcasing highly efficient tractor-trailers in real-world operations, to culminate at the North American Commercial Vehicle inaugural...
Published 2017.09.05: Blog Post

Proposed second-phase greenhouse gas emission standards for heavy-duty engines and vehicles in Canada

On March 4, 2017, Environment and Climate Change Canada published proposed standards to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from new on-road heavy-duty vehicles. These Phase 2 regulations would...
Published 2017.06.15: Publication

A world of thoughts on Phase 2

Last month's release of the final rulemaking on Phase 2 standards for heavy-duty vehicles, engines and trailers in the U.S. was — as ICCT researchers pointed out here, here, here and here — a really...Regulatory action to address CO2 emissions and fuel use from heavy-duty vehicles is accelerating around the world. With that in mind, we've been keeping an eye on how the Phase 2 announcement has...
Published 2016.09.16: Blog Post

A heavy-duty economic growth engine

We usually talk about vehicle fuel efficiency in terms of the amount of carbon we can keep out of the atmosphere, or the amount of oil we can save, or direct benefits to drivers: more miles to the...If you want to stimulate growth in the U.S. economy, you could find a lot worse places to start than with a policy that will drive technology innovation in the freight sector and cut the fuel costs...
Published 2016.09.13: Blog Post

U.S. efficiency and greenhouse gas emission regulations for model year 2018-2027 heavy-duty vehicles, engines, and trailers

On August 16, 2016 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released the final rulemaking for heavy-duty vehicle fuel-efficiency and greenhouse...
Published 2016.08.25: Publication

Truck trailers in the U.S.: Leading from behind

So Tuesday was a really big deal for commercial trailers in the U.S. The U.S. Environment Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released the final rulemaking (FRM)...With the Phase 2 regulation, trailers in the U.S. become the first in the world to be regulated based on their impact on fuel efficiency and carbon emissions. 
Published 2016.08.18: Blog Post

A big win-win on big trucks

Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released the final rulemaking (FRM) for heavy-duty vehicle fuel-efficiency and greenhouse gas...The final Phase 2 rule is estimated to result in 1.1 billion tons of CO2 reduction over the regulated vehicles’ lifetimes and is considered to be the most comprehensive and technically ambitious...
Published 2016.08.16: Blog Post

Final U.S. Phase 2 heavy-duty vehicle efficiency rule sets standards that are ambitious, far-sighted, and achievable [press statement]

August 16, 2016—The standards for fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions of new medium- and heavy-duty vehicles announced today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of...
Published 2016.08.16: News

Will new U.S. truck standards bring “SuperTrucks” to the market?

As we’ve indicated previously, there is a lot at stake with the proposed U.S. truck efficiency standards. This was made even more evident by the input from many stakeholders at the recent EPA and...Compared with the U.S. Deptarment of Energy SuperTruck demonstrations, just how “Super” are the proposed US tractor-trailer standards for model year 2027? Not very.
Published 2015.08.31: Blog Post

What do the new truck regulations mean for pickups?

With the Obama administration’s proposed truck efficiency rules, nearly everyone is focused on what they will mean for engines and tractor-trailers. We’re certainly guilty of that, with our technical...Sales of heavy pickups are over half of all the trucks covered by the new rules, and they account for 15%–20% of fuel use by U.S. trucks. The rules could have a large and widespread impact.
Published 2015.08.17: Blog Post

The ever-improving efficiency of the diesel engine

Rudolf Diesel in the 1880s said, “The automobile engine will come, and then I will consider my life's work complete.” He clearly knew how big a deal his invention was. But whatever judgment should be...A strong case can be made that the pending U.S. decision on HDV engines standards should push the technology envelope as hard as is feasible based on emerging efficiency technologies.
Published 2015.08.14: Blog Post

What is at stake in the U.S. truck efficiency rule

In the California Air Resources Board hearing on July 23, 2015, the Board received testimony from stakeholders on how the federal U.S. rulemaking on heavy-duty vehicle efficiency might change. One of...The proposed rule is expected to reduce GHG emissions 150 MMT/year by 2040, and cut oil use in the U.S. by over a 1M bbl/day. But how much further might it go?
Published 2015.08.12: Blog Post

Assessment of Heavy-Duty Natural Gas Vehicle Emissions: Implications and Policy Recommendations

Recent assessments indicate that natural gas vehicles could constitute up to 20 percent of the new 2025 heavy-duty vehicle market, potentially displacing a significant number of diesel vehicles....
Published 2015.07.30: Publication

Parsing Phase 2: Tractor-trailers in the proposed regulation

The proposed new "Phase 2" standard for heavy-duty vehicle fuel consumption and GHG emissions in the U.S. is long and complex (find a concise summary here) — not surprising, because the HDV...One way to begin to cut through the complexity of the proposed new "Phase 2" standard for heavy-duty vehicle fuel consumption and GHG emissions is to look at the vehicle category most of us are most...
Published 2015.07.23: Blog Post

U.S. efficiency and greenhouse gas emission regulations for MY 2018–2027 heavy-duty vehicles, engines, and trailers

On June 19, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration jointly proposed new standards to reduce the fuel consumption and greenhouse gas...
Published 2015.06.25: Publication

Cleaning up big trucks to deliver a cleaner future

[Originally published on HuffPost Green] Tractor trailers and other medium and heavy trucks are the hard working giants of the American highway. They are also a disproportionately large part of our...Tractor trailers and other medium and heavy trucks are the hard working giants of the American highway. They are also a disproportionately large part of our nation's carbon footprint.
Published 2015.06.24: Blog Post

5 numbers you need to know about the proposed U.S. truck efficiency rule

Today the U.S. Environment Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for heavy-duty vehicle fuel-efficiency and...It's a complex proposal, and will take some time to fully digest, but some of the highlights regarding the complexity, the technology improvements, and the benefits are immediately clear. Here is the...
Published 2015.06.19: Blog Post

[Press release] Proposed truck efficiency standards establish U.S. global leadership in low-carbon commercial vehicles sector

ICCT research finds major efficiency improvements in U.S. truck sector are cost effective with off-the-shelf technologies On June 19, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S....
Published 2015.06.19: News

Heavy-duty vehicle fuel-efficiency simulation: A comparison of US and EU tools

Vehicle simulation tools can enable a reliable estimation of the fuel efficiency of heavy-duty vehicles while eliminating undesirable sources of variation, such as driver behavior or the influence of...
Published 2015.05.11: Publication

Eighteen wheels and ten miles per gallon

Over the past generation, a lot has changed for the workhorse of American freight-hauling, the eighteen-wheel big rig, officially known as the Class 8 long-haul tractor-trailer. One thing that hasn't...The average long-haul tractor-trailer on U.S. highways gets the same 6 miles per gallon of diesel that it did decades ago. But there are clear signs that that, finally, is about to change.
Published 2015.04.21: Blog Post

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