Owners to Save $35B Under New Fuel Efficiency Standards for Heavy Vehicles

Fuel Dollars

Detroit News - August 18, 2011

The Nation­al Wildlife Fed­er­a­tion released a study that says the first-ever fuel effi­cien­cy stan­dards for heavy vehi­cles such as semis, garbage trucks, bus­es and heavy-duty pick­ups will save own­ers $35 bil­lion in fuel costs over the life of the vehi­cles. Fuel con­sump­tion will be reduced by 7 — 20%, depend­ing on the class of vehi­cles. The fed­er­al rules will take effect in 2014 and run through 2018. Fuel econ­o­my of large trucks and vans will increase from 14.9 miles per gal­lon in 2010 to 16.7 mpg in 2018. The changes will cost man­u­fac­tur­ers $8.1 bil­lion to build the more effi­cient vehi­cles.