The Climate Action Plan and the recently imposed standards by the Obama Administration require tractor-trailers to achieve a 20% reduction in fuel consumption and emissions by 2018, and that all trucks built after 2021 be 24% more fuel-efficient than an equivalent truck built in 2018. Being equipped with the Hyliion system would easily meet these standards.
Reducing fuel use in business-purpose trucking by an average 30% with the Hyliion System could result in : a 10% decrease in emissions from transportation, a 2% reduction in the US’s total energy usage, and a 2% reduction in overall carbon emissions. The US overall has also promised to reduce emissions to 72-74% of 2005 levels over the next 10 years, a 1.8 billion metric ton reduction. If all business-use trucks were equipped with the Hyliion suspension system, the US could accomplish 10% of this goal.
If the entire trucking industry equipped Hyliion...
Decrease in Total Transportation Emissions
Fewer Metric Tons of CO2
2% Reduction in Total US Energy Usage
Of the 27.1 quads of energy used by the transportation industry last year, 22% of that energy usage comes from heavy and medium trucking. A 30% decrease in energy usage in the trucking industry would result in a full two quads of energy savings and more than a 2% reduction in the US’s total energy usage.
2% Decrease in US Carbon Emissions
1.83 billion metric tons of CO2 were produced by the transportation sector last year. In 2011, 52.3 billion gallons of fuel were consumed by the US Trucking Industry, contributing more than 500 million metric tons of CO2 to the atmosphere. With the Hyliion system, reducing fuel use in business-purpose trucking by 30% would result in 150 million fewer metric tons of CO2: a 10% decrease in emissions from transportation, and a 2% decrease in overall carbon emissions in the US.
At this point, the proposal made public in June 2015 remains substantially unchanged, and Fleets will be required to spec trailers to improve the fuel economy of the trucks pulling them.
Obama administration officials along with the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have mandated that in 2018 heavy trucks and trailers will need to be 24% more fuel efficient than their published standards.
The EPA estimates the improvements will cost up to $12,000 for the largest trucks, but estimates the fuel savings will offset the expense within two years. Upon meeting with the DOT in the fall of 2015, Hyliion was declared the ONLY stand-alone technology capable of attaining (and surpassing) those guidelines. Janet McCabe, head of the EPA’s air pollution office, told ‘the Hill’ that truck makers may need to use new technologies not yet commercially available in order to meet the proposed mandates.
According to the EPA, the reductions in greenhouse emissions proposed by the new mandate will come close to equaling the annual energy use by all U.S. homes, while the total oil savings would amount to a year’s worth of U.S. imports from OPEC countries.