Obama Announces Aggressive Fuel Standards for Trucks
Flanked by a developmental Super Truck prototype, a hybrid Coke delivery truck and a Safeway tractor with the best of current aerodynamics, President Barack Obama
announced his Administration was moving forward to develop and set aggressive new fuel economy rules for trucks, like they had done for cars, to reduce fuel use and emissions while also creating new manufacturing and technology opportunities. CALSTART's Senior VP, Bill Van Amburg
, was one of three non-profit executives invited to attend.
The President said many have claimed in the past that you cannot reduce emissions while also growing the economy, but they have always been proven wrong. A draft of the new rules will be set for release next March with final rules in March 2016. The President also announced additional tax credits for advanced vehicles and fuels. Those in attendance included the new Secretary of Transportation, Anthony Foxx, and the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy, manufacturers and suppliers, labor unions, fleets and supporting organizations involved in the rule such as CALSTART.
Photo credit CALSTART. Speech Feb 18 2014, Safeway Distribution Center, Upper Marlboro MD. Click here for more photos and to read the transcript of the President's remarks
Read the White House Fact sheet
Watch the President's speech on C-Span
Read the USA Today article, "Obama announces plan to tighten truck fuel standards
Read the Transport Topics article, "Obama Orders Another Round of Greenhouse-Gas Rules for Trucks