Automaker industry group to review Phase II fuel-standards plan

The Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA) said this week that it will review the proposed second phase of federal regulations aimed at improving fuel efficiency and reducing greenhouse-gas emissions (GHG) from medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses to ensure they meet specific requirements.

At President Obama's direction last year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) jointly developed the proposed regulations, which were published recently.

EMA wants to ensure that the proposed regulations provide adequate lead time, assure regulatory compatibility with the commercial engine and vehicle marketplace, utilize proven effective technologies, and avoid potential unintended consequences.

EPA and DOT finalized the first phase of fuel-efficiency standards for heavy-duty vehicles in 2011.

The EMA continues to support efforts to assure that the EPA and DOT coordinate efforts and propose a single, national GHG-reduction and fuel-efficiency improvement program.

EMA President Jed Mandel said that as the primary manufacturers of medium- and heavy-duty engines and vehicles in the U.S., association members successfully implemented the Phase I GHG reduction and fuel-efficiency improvement standards promulgated in 2011.

“The success in implementing the Phase I requirements was based on the fact that the 2011 standards were well-aligned with EMA member efforts to meet customer demand for more fuel-efficient vehicles,” Mandel said.” We look forward to reviewing the current proposal to ensure that the EPA and DOT Phase II proposal continues to align with manufacturers’ efforts and customer needs.”

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