Big Fuel Savings Available in New Trucks

Strong standards can reduce freight truck fuel consumption by 40 percent

New federal fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, which will be implemented in two phases, can dramatically reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from trucks on the nation's roads. Strong standards can improve our energy security and cut heat-trapping emissions while saving money for truckers and fleets. The first phase of fuel efficiency standards, adopted in 2011, will be implemented from 2014 through 2018. The second phase of standards, to be proposed in 2015, will extend this landmark program. By 2025, the first and second phases of standards together could cut fuel consumption of new trucks by at least 40 percent compared to 2010 levels. Standards that extend beyond 2025 could achieve even larger savings.

The technologies to improve fuel efficiency are cost-effective. For example, a new truck that includes an advanced engine and transmission, new axle design, and improved aerodynamics to the tractor and trailer could save average tractor-trailer owners and drivers about $30,000 per year in fuel. In 2025, these new efficiency technologies would increase truck purchase costs by about $32,000, which is recovered by fuel savings in just 13 months.

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