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Indiana Tops States in Adopting New Diesel Truck Technology

| August 4, 2017

Diesel trucks

The introduction of new technology clean diesel truck engines and emissions control systems into Pennsylvania’s trucking fleet over the last five years is now at a 35 percent level, yielding significant emission reductions and substantial fuel savings, according to new research commissioned by the Diesel Technology Forum.

A trade organization touting the benefits of diesel technology for commercial vehicles introduced beginning in 2011 is on a roll.

According to the group, the Diesel Technology Forum, “Almost 3 million heavy-duty diesel commercial vehicles introduced in the U.S. from 2011 through 2016 now on the road powered by the latest generation clean diesel engines, and these trucks have delivered important benefits in the form of cleaner air, fewer carbon dioxide emissions and dramatic fuel savings.”

“Over a 5 year period, the newest generation commercial vehicles have saved 4.2 billion gallons of diesel fuel, and reduced 43 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2), 21 million tonnes of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and 1.2 million tonnes of particulate matter,” said Allen Schaeffer, Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum.

“Because diesel overwhelmingly dominates the heavy-duty truck sector and is also the number one power source for medium-duty vehicles, the transition to newer generations of clean diesel technology (2011 and later MY) is significant. The 30 percent national average is up from just 25.7 percent last year. The research also estimated that significant further benefits will accrue to communities across the country as more of these newer generation clean diesel trucks enter into service.

The benefits research was conducted by IHS Markit, a global technical marketing research firm. State rankings data is based on Diesel Technology Forum (DTF) analysis of IHS vehicles in operation in operation data representing Class 3-8 diesel trucks from Model Year 2011 through 2016 in all 50 states and the District of Columbia through December 31, 2016.

Indiana Tops States in Adapting New Diesel Truck Technology“The U.S. trucking fleet is transitioning to newer clean diesel technology which means immediate fuel savings, lower greenhouse gas emissions and cleaner air. This newest generation of clean diesel trucks have NOx emissions that are 99 percent lower than previous generations along with 98 percent fewer emissions of particulate matter, resulting in significant clean air benefits throughout the U.S. Beginning in 2011, all heavy-duty diesel trucks sold had to meet NOx emissions of no more than 0.20 grams per brake horse-power hour (g/BHP-hr.). This is in addition to particulate emissions levels of no more than 0.01 grams per brake horse-power hour (g/HP-hr.) established in 2007.

“Achieving these substantial emissions reductions and efficiency advancements was in part the result of collaboration of the nation’s leading truck and engine manufacturers working with the Department of Energy and 21st Century Truck Partnership’s “Super Truck” program, said Schaeffer. “While the intent of this valuable program is to push the margins of research engineering efficiency, it is clear that demand is leading many of these strategies to be integrated into the commercial truck fleet and contributing to real-world emissions reductions and fuel savings.”

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