EPA, Oregon Offer Fuel Savings Kits to Truckers
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is working to reduce emissions and improve fuel economy for trucks on the Interstate 5 corridor on the West Coast. The EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership aims to upgrade 400 trucks that run along Interstate 5 with kits that include aluminum wheels with low-rolling-resistance tires; aerodynamic add-ons for trailers; auxiliary power units and bunk heaters to reduce unnecessary idling; and exhaust treatment devices to reduce emissions.
Through a partnership with Cascade Sierra Solutions, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and Oregon's Departments of Transportation and Energy, the EPA is offering the kits at a cost that will be paid back through fuel savings within one to three years. The EPA estimates that with full participation in the SmartWay program, it could save 3.3 to 6.6 billion gallons of diesel fuel annually by 2012.
For more information, see the EPA June 22 press release and the Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski June 22 press relesase.