GOVERNMENT MANDATES: WHAT THEY MEAN FOR YOU & HOW HYLIION CAN HELP
January 15, 2016 – With another new year behind us, it is time to set resolutions for the future: governments around the world have already begun planning through the year 2027, and they’ve placed some hefty goals on all of us. These goals range in scope from fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions to road-safety and public health, but here at Hyliion we’ve been monitoring their development to ensure that the Hyliion suspension system will exceed compliance standards.
To start with, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have created medium- and heavy-duty vehicle Greenhouse Gas (GHG) standards which have been in effect since 2014 and are intended to escalate in ambition and scope by 2021. As part of the Phase 1 mandate, all heavy-duty vehicles are required to achieve up to 20% reduction in fuel consumption and GHG emissions by 2018, and additional new regulations around trailers will aim to improve fuel consumption up to 24% by 2027.
Additionally NHTSA amended Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No 136, first established in June of last year, to ensure compliance of heavy truck tractors and large buses with new rules regarding Electronic Stability Control (ESC), hoping to reduce untripped rollovers and mitigate severe oversteer and understeer conditions which lead to loss of control. All new typical three-axle truck tractors manufactured on or after August 1, 2017 must have an ESC system, and it will be required for all other truck tractors by end of 2019. These include two-axle vehicles, which have been more recently required to satisfy new, reduced minimum stopping distance requirements, and severe-service tractors.
Hyliion is proud to assert that all of these targets are covered by the simple addition of our suspension system to any long-haul trailer. The system will reduce fuel consumption a whopping 30%, far exceeding the government mandated 20%, and it comes pre-equipped with low-friction tires and aerodynamic improvements to comply with trailer improvements expected by 2021. Additionally, the suspension system has its own independent ESC system for maximum stability and safety under various trucking conditions, handily meeting the requirements of FMVS Standard No. 136.
We are always on the lookout for additional regulations and standards from global governing bodies, and customers can rest assured that we’ll be developing best-in-class hardware to solve the problems of tomorrow.