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May 10, 2019   |

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FHWA “Talking Freight” Webinar, May 15: The Use of Emission Reduction Technologies in Freight Vehicles

Cummins, Ruan Transportation, U.S. EPA and Diesel Technology Forum to Speak on Emissions Reduction Strategies and Best Practices for Fleets, Freight Carriers and Engine Manufacturers

May 10, 2019 (WASHINGTON) – Across America, freight transportation volumes keep going up, the U.S. economy continues to grow, and truckload capacities are surging. This good news brings one significant effect: truck registrations in the U.S. are up by double-digits. As more and more freight vehicles transport more goods into, out of, and within the United States, more fuel is needed to transport those goods, collectively increasing the potential for vehicular emissions.

Recognizing the need to maximize the efficiency and cleanliness of all commercial vehicles, freight carriers and engine manufacturers have worked to achieve ever-increasingly stringent emissions and fuel economy requirements.

On Wednesday, May 15, learn more directly from leaders at the forefront of the clean diesel technologies and strategies being used today to reduce freight vehicle emissions. Join us from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET, for a free webinar, hosted by the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA's) Office of Freight Management and Operations and the Office of Planning.

There is no cost to participate in this webinar, but space is limited. Register for the webinar here or visit https://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/freight/fpd/talking_freight/index.htm for more details.

At this event hosted by FHWA, the Diesel Technology Forum’s Director of Policy will moderate a conversation with representatives from Cummins – one of the leading American engine manufacturers; Ruan Transportation – a leading service provider to fleets and drivers across the nation; and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Topics covered will include the steps engine manufacturers are taking to bring commercial diesel engines even nearer-to-zero, even as they develop other technologies; how renewable diesel fuel, biodiesel, and other alternative technologies contribute to real-world fleet operations; leading research being done on next-generation emissions control technologies; and how diesel technologies will continue to compete in the future of the freight sector.


FHWA Presents: The Use of Emission Reduction Technologies in Freight Vehicles

  • Ezra Finkin, Diesel Technology Forum, Policy Director: Clean Diesel Technologies Overview
  • Jim Nebergall, Cummins, North America Product Strategy, Director: The Development of Lower Emissions Freight Vehicle Technologies – Engine Manufacturer Perspective
  • Steve Larsen, Ruan Transportation: The Development of Lower Emissions Freight Vehicle Technologies – Carrier Perspective
  • Dennis Johnson, EPA Technology Assessment Center, Director: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Perspective on Emissions Control Technologies Research


Wednesday, May 15, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET


Hosted online through FHWA. Join the seminar through any computer with Internet connectivity, or listen into the audio over the computer or via phone. Visit https://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/freight/fpd/talking_freight/index.htm for details.


Click here to register. Contact Chip Millard at FHWA for assistance.

Diesel technologies continue to make up more than 97 percent of all Class 8 big-rig trucks in the U.S., as well as a majority of medium-duty trucks. Over the last 20 years, emissions from heavy-duty diesel trucks, buses and other vehicles have been reduced by more than 90 percent for nitrogen oxides (NOx) – an ozone precursor – and particulate emissions.

As of 2017, 36 percent of all commercial trucks (Class 3-8) in the United States rely on these newest-generation diesel engines – a six percent increase over 2016. Even this small increase of new-technology diesel trucks on the road has delivered important benefits in the form of cleaner air, fewer carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the communities in which they operate, as well as dramatic fuel savings to truckers. The more than 4.9 million new-technology diesel trucks now on the road have removed more than 26 million tonnes of NOx and 59 million tonnes CO2 from the air. On average, truckers saved about $2,600 in fuel a year since 2010, which adds up to 138 million barrels of crude oil – that’s about 50 percent of the entire U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve, saved by just a few thousand trucks.

Register now, and join us on Wednesday, May 15 to learn all about how freight carriers and engine manufacturers are using clean diesel technologies to lower emissions and increase fuel efficiency for commercial vehicles.


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