Clean truck event planned

As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is establishing a national program on greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy standards for commercial trucks, EPA, environmental and industry representatives will hold a press conference Tuesday, Oct. 19, to outline the significant technological and environmental advances in the new generation of 2010 diesel trucks and buses.

A sampling of 2010 heavy-duty trucks and buses that feature the most modern clean emissions technology will be on display. The press conference also will include a “clean hanky” test where a new white handkerchief is placed over a running truck’s tailpipe to illustrate the low emissions of 2010 truck technology.

“These are the cleanest and most modern commercial vehicles in the world,” said Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum. “The new 2010 generation of clean diesel power is winning support among America’s commercial truck and bus fleets on a platform of near-zero emissions and higher fuel economy. The historic progress in clean diesel technology is remarkable. Consider that it would take 60 of these 2010 trucks to equal the same emissions from one pre-1988 truck.”