Today's Trucking

EPA adds day cabs to SmartWay program

July 10, 2019 by John Smith

TORRANCE, Calif. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is making some changes to its SmartWay program that offers information on verified fuel-efficient technologies. Day cabs are now eligible for the SmartWay designation, and research into fuel-efficient retreads will result in changes to how those products are classified.


Future glider kits will have more restrictions

August 14, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Glider kit trucks have been around for decades, and by the look of the regulatory landscape, they will continue to be available to consumers in years to come. But with a few more restrictions than we have […]


Daimler reports strong sales, eyes future

October 23, 2017 by John Smith

ORLANDO, FL – Against a backdrop of strong sales and the promise of a growing economy, Daimler Trucks North America continues to explore emerging technologies from electrification to platooning.


EPA to review phase two emissions standards

August 21, 2017 by elizabeth

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced their intention to review phase two of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles.


U.S. agencies remain focused on emissions

March 15, 2017 by John Smith

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – U.S. regulators attending the annual Green Truck Summit continue to focus on long-term emissions targets, stressing the need to improve vehicles to fight climate change.


Canadian equipment prices to rise with emission rules

March 8, 2017 by John Smith

OTTAWA, ON – The federal government has published its plans for new Greenhouse Gas limits that will apply to 2018-29 Model Year equipment, effectively mirroring changes introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The required upgrades will cost Canada’s trucking industry an extra $4.1 billion, but save $10.3 billion in fuel, according to the Department of the Environment. When considering the overall lifespan of the affected vehicles, net benefits are expected to reach $8.8 billion between 2018 and 2050.

The upgrades are projected to add 8% to the cost of a typical 2027 Model Year tractor, or $11,322. Vocational vehicles in the same model year will cost an extra 4%, or $4,369. Trailers – introduced in emissions standards for the first time beginning with the 2018 Model Year – will see an average 4% price bump on 2027 models. That will be up $1,237. Heavy-duty pickup trucks and vans, meanwhile, will see price tags increase an average of 3% or $1,324 per vehicle.


Fiat Chrysler accused of emissions tampering

January 12, 2017 by John Smith

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Fiat Chrysler – the company behind Dodge and Ram trucks – is the latest manufacturer to be accused of tampering with emissions controls.


Cleaner air, higher equipment prices

December 28, 2016 by John Smith

Clean air comes at a cost, and that is particularly apparent whenever regulators tighten the limits on emissions. Luckily, Phase II Greenhouse Gases rules will improve fuel economy, giving truckers a chance to recoup the investments on 2018-27 Model Year equipment. That’s the good news. While Environment Canada traditionally aligns its rules with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, that could threaten some uniquely Canadian spec’ing options. Research into everything from tires to 6×2 tractors will continue as regulators prepare to unveil Canadian versions of the rules.


Canadian fleets honored by SmartWay

October 4, 2016 by John Smith

KISSIMMEE, FL – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized several Canadian fleets with SmartWay Excellence Award, which honors environmental performance.


Mack’s MP engine tweaks on firm footing for GHG cuts

September 5, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

ALLENTOWN, PA – Mack Trucks feels like it’s in a solid position to start down the road towards the emissions realities of the U.S. government’s latest greenhouse gas reduction targets for heavy trucks.

It may even be a benefit, at least to the customer.


US issues Phase 2 of Greenhouse Gas emissions rules

August 17, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. regulators today issued a Phase 2 final rule governing greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calling the rule a more “technology-forcing approach” than its Phase 1 predecessor.

Jointly developed by the EPA and the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Phase 2 of the proposed U.S. standards aim to lower trucking’s CO2 emissions by about 1 billion metric tons, cut fuel costs by $170 billion, and reduce oil use by up to 1.8 billion barrels over the lifetime of the vehicles under the program, all by 2027.

The changes will be implemented in three stages through 2027, which is the target year for improving tractor fuel efficiency and cutting CO2 emissions, both by 25%.


Gas Attacks: The challenges of environmental mandates

July 9, 2016 John G. Smith

Ear worms are funny things. You know them. They’re the songs that invade your thoughts. The one ringing through my head right now is crooned by none other than Kermit the Frog. Yep. The Muppet. The one who taught us, “It’s not easy being green, having to spend each day the color of the leaves.” If you want to know how tough it is to be green, look no further than the environmental rules and regulations affecting today’s trucking industry.


Phase 2 GHG rules threaten Canadian equipment options

June 17, 2016 by John Smith

KING CITY, ON – A second round of U.S. rules designed to further reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions is threatening access to equipment spec’d to meet Canadian operating needs, says Yves Provencher of PIT Group, which runs third-party equipment tests.


Canada Shouldn’t Copy US GHG Standards, says CTA

February 11, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

TORONTO, ON – The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) says that while it’s onside with the principles of the Phase II Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards, it doesn’t want Environment Canada to simply piggy back on the GHG plans of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


UPS wins Climate Leader award from EPA

February 26, 2015 by TEONA Baetu

ATLANTA, GA- Trucking, parcel and logistics service provider UPS has won a Climate Leadership award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.