Trucking Sector’s Response to Latest EPA Emission Standard for Heavy-Duty Trucks

The trucking industry has voiced strong opposition to the newly announced emission standards for heavy-duty trucks by the Biden Administration, citing concerns over unrealistic targets and potential repercussions for the U.S. supply chain and freight movement across the economy.

ATA President and CEO Chris Spear emphasized the industry’s stance, stating that the current emission targets post-2030 are unattainable due to the lack of advanced zero-emission technology, insufficient charging infrastructure, and grid limitations. Spear stressed the necessity for a technology-neutral approach in emission regulations, tailored to accommodate the diverse operational needs of the trucking sector to ensure the industry’s success and the resilience of America’s supply chain.

Despite the EPA’s adjustment of zero-emission vehicle rates for model years 2027-2029, ATA warns that mandating high penetration rates of zero-emission vehicles in subsequent years will constrain fleets to invest solely in battery-electric and hydrogen technologies, which are still in early stages and pose uncertainties.

Spear reiterated the industry’s commitment to zero emissions but emphasized the importance of a practical approach. While disappointed with the current rule, ATA pledged to collaborate with the EPA to address its deficiencies and advocate for emission reduction targets and timelines that are both feasible and sustainable.

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