Overdrive Extra

Max Heine

Next target: Heavy-duty trucks?

| January 27, 2009

One of President Obama’s first moves was to prod the two agencies with the most influence over highway emissions into further tightening the regs.

 

On Jan. 26, he directed the U.S. Department of Transportation to establish higher fuel efficiency standards for carmakers’ 2011 model year. He also asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to review whether to grant California and 13 other states the right to impose a 30 percent reduction in vehicle emissions following the Bush administration’s 2007 denial of the request.
 
The closest the orders come to our industry was inclusion of light trucks. But don’t be surprised if these agencies, led by California, set their sights on heavy-duty engine standards, whether it’s emissions or fuel efficiency.