Heavy Duty Vehicles – Increasing Fuel Economy

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Light duty vehicles are not the only types of vehicles that are fuel conscious. Heavy duty vehicles are slowly becoming more fuel efficient.  The complexity of heavy-duty trucks made it more so difficult to create a standardized cap. Some of these complexities included dynamism’s of heavy-duty engines and fragmentation of the components in the vehicles.

Currently, heavy-duty trucks consumer 2.9 million barrels of petroleum fuels. Heavy-duty trucks are now looking towards becoming fuel efficient. With changing trailer aerodynamics and waste-heat energy recovery, trucks can become a third more fuel efficient by 2025.

In the United States, multiple phases have been put in place to increase fuel efficiency of trucks. Phase 1 was implemented in 2011 – from 2014 to 2018 heavy duty gasoline trucks should increase fuel efficiency by 10% and diesel vehicles by 15%. The plan for these standards includes saving $50 billion in fuel costs and around 530 million barrels of oil over the life of new trucks built between 2014 and 2018. All and all the savings conclude to saving about a month’s worth of oil.  Phase 2 includes that improvement in fuel efficiency will be recognized and incentivized by the program. The program will tailor to bring meaningful fuel efficient information to truck buyers.

Similarly in Canada, the Harper government implemented fuel efficiency standards for heavy-duty trucks. Canadians and Americans are working together to develop common standards in North America.

The Canadian Truck King Challenge – a challenge where new pickups and heavy-duty trucks are put under real world conditions.  This year 16 vehicles will be driving to measure fuel economy. MyCarma will be providing another article on how the trucks performed for the week.


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