April 2, 2007

EPA SmartWay trucks cut greenhouse gases and save on fuel costs

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the launch of model-year 2007 trucks and trailers certified by EPA’s SmartWay program to improve fuel efficiency. By meeting EPA equipment standards, the trucks save operators money while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants.

“These new trucks will make an important contribution toward achieving EPA’s goals for conserving energy and reducing emissions,” says Bill Wehrum, EPA’s acting assistant administrator for Air and Radiation. “Truckers who buy this new equipment, and who are members of the EPA SmartWay program, will be able to proudly display a logo on their qualified big rigs.”

SmartWay-approved equipment, such as aerodynamic bumpers and mirrors, can generate fuel reductions of 10 to 20 per cent over trucks not so equipped. Each qualified truck can produce savings from 2,000 to 4,000 gallons of diesel per year, with a resulting gain of up to US$11,000 annually.

Participants in the program include Freightliner, International, Kenworth, Mack, Peterbilt and Volvo.

The EPA plans to set more ambitious performance targets for the SmartWay-recognized tractor-trailer combination in the future, and is also developing guidelines for recognizing other vehicles such as delivery vans, which can benefit from hybrid technology.

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