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Cummins supports government efforts to improve emission standards

Successful Dealer Staff February 19, 2014

CumminsCummins announces its support for the development of a second phase of greenhouse gas (GHG) and fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles.

“Cummins supports standards that deliver environmental benefits and help our customers in the form of increased fuel efficiency and cost savings,” says Rich Freeland, Cummins vice president and president – Engine Business. “The first phase of these regulations provides a strong foundation that recognizes the needs of business while offering clear direction to create innovative technologies.

“With the announcement today, it is clear that the government will again take a collaborative approach. We look forward to working with regulators, our customers and others on the next phase of standards that will lead to even greater reductions in greenhouse gases and fuel consumption.”

President Barack Obama announced yesterday that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will develop a proposal for the next round of national GHG and fuel-efficiency requirements for commercial vehicles. They will build on the first phase, which went into effect on Jan. 1, 2014.

The EPA and NHTSA worked together on the first phase of standards after extensive input from Cummins and other leaders in the medium- and heavy-duty truck market. Cummins is a member of the Heavy-Duty Fuel Efficiency Leadership Group, an informal coalition of major trucking fleets and technology providers, which has also pledged to work with federal agencies on the next phase of regulations.

RELATED: Cummins, Pete SuperTruck hits 10.7 mpg.

The President announced that work would begin on the next phase of regulations with the Cummins-Peterbilt “SuperTruck” on display at an event in Maryland today. That tractor-trailer has been part of a public-private partnership sponsored by the Department of Energy to promote innovation in the industry, Cummins’ says.

Today’s on-highway engines in the United States emit 99 percent less particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen oxides than engines did 30 years ago.

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