Truck and Engine Makers Announce Support for National Program
The Diesel Technology Forum today issued the following statement on the announcement by heavy-duty engine and truck manufacturers and the Obama Administration about a national program on greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy standards for commercial trucks.
May 21, 2010
"Today's announcement highlights the prominent role of clean diesel technology to improve fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in commercial trucks," said Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the non-profit Diesel Technology Forum.
"Diesel engines offer an unmatched combination of energy-efficiency, work capability, reliability and now near-zero emissions environmental performance making them the technology of choice for commercial trucks today and into the foreseeable future," noted Schaeffer.
"While not a new concept to diesel engine and truck manufacturers, energy-efficiency has been the foundation of product development to meet customer demands since time began," noted Schaeffer. This program is expected to expand the deployment of existing technologies and demand further innovation that recognizes the unique considerations of the trucking industry and commercial heavy-duty applications.
While continuously making commercial trucks more fuel efficient, engine and truck manufacturers have also been making them dramatically cleaner. Over the last ten years, emissions from heavy-duty diesel trucks and buses have been reduced by 99 percent for nitrogen oxides - an ozone precursor, and 98 percent for particulate emissions. Today's new 2010 heavy-duty diesel truck deploys the most state-of-the-art engine and emissions control systems and has near zero emissions; a considerable accomplishment considering that increased fuel efficiency and lower emissions are near opposite and competing forces in diesel engine design.
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