Increasing Fuel Economy Standards
(Climate Action Plan, p. 8.)
During Obama’s second term the Administration is to develop post-2018 fuel-economy standards for heavy-duty vehicles.
Implementation, Progress, and Outcomes
Existing and Related Policies
2011: The Administration finalized fuel-economy standards for Model Year 2014–2018 for heavy-duty trucks, buses, and vans.
December 3, 2013: DOE and EPA released the 2014 Fuel Economy Guide, which provides official EPA fuel-economy estimates for over a thousand vehicles. The new guide is available for download from DOE’s fueleconomy.gov site.
June 26, 2013: Speaking at the Alternative Clean Transportation Expo in Washington, D.C., Christopher Grundler, Director of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Transportation and Air Quality, stated that EPA had begun internal talks on the new rule and would soon meet with officials from California, the Department of Energy (DOE), and others to discuss options for boosting trucks’ fuel economy. EPA would review all aspects of trucks’ drive trains and hauling equipment, Grundler said. The new rules may cover truck trailers, which were exempted from the 2014–2018 rule. (See John Siciliano & Dawn Reeves, EPA Weighs Including Truck Trailers in Next Heavy-Duty Vehicle GHG Rule, InsideEPA.com (July 2, 2013).)
January 28, 2014: In his State of the Union Address, President Obama reiterated his plan to set new fuel efficiency standards for trucks.
February 18, 2014: President Obama announced that he was directing the EPA and the Department of Transportation (DOT) to develop a proposal for post-2018 fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks by March 2015 and to complete the rule a year later. EPA and DOT are to work with stakeholders such as manufacturers, auto workers, truckers, and the states in developing the new standards. (See Pres. Obama, Remarks by the President on Fuel Efficiency Standards of Medium and Heavy-Duty Vehicles (Feb. 18, 2014).) To accompany the president’s announcement, the White House released a Fact Sheet and a Progress Report on improving the fuel economy of U.S. trucks.
This page was last updated on Feb. 24, 2013.