Truck-makers oppose EPA tailpipe plan despite public pledges

Source: By Mike Lee, E&E News • Posted: Tuesday, September 12, 2023

The EPA rules would apply to trucks built in model years 2027 through 2032, and it requires companies to steadily reduce their emissions.

Traffic crawls eastbound on Interstate 84 in Sturbridge, Mass., after a 2016 accident involving two tractor-trailers on the Massachusetts Turnpike.
Traffic crawls eastbound on Interstate 84 in Sturbridge, Mass., after a 2016 accident involving two tractor-trailers on the Massachusetts Turnpike. Bill Sikes/AP Photo

Truck manufacturers have been working to weaken EPA’s greenhouse gas regulations on heavy-duty trucks, despite saying publicly that they’re committed to cutting their emissions, a nonprofit group said.

The truck manufacturers and their trade groups have asked EPA for flexibility in the regulations and more time to comply, according to InfluenceMap, a climate-focused group that analyzed public comments on the EPA rules.

But those requests came at about the same time as the industry’s main trade group, the Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association, signed an agreement with California regulators saying they would comply with the state’s strict plan to phase out diesel-powered trucks.

Truck manufacturers such as Volvo Group and Daimler Truck North America LLC also have set their own emissions-cutting goals.

“There’s this sort of gap between their public messaging when it comes to green technologies and zero emissions trucks and what they are often saying to regulators themselves,” said Ben Youriev, transportation program manager at InfluenceMap.

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