“It’s not just a win-win, it’s a win-win-win,” Obama said in remarks delivered from a loading dock at a grocery distribution center. Obama ordered the
His announcement at a
The new fuel efficiency requirements will mark the second phase of the effort to reduce harmful pollutants by targeting trucks.
In 2011, the Obama administration completed fuel standards for trucks that call for a 20% reduction in heavy-vehicle emissions by 2018. Experts estimated manufacturers would need to boost fuel efficiency for trucks to an average of 8 miles per gallon to meet the new standards, up from 6 miles per gallon at the time of the announcement.
Those rules applied only to truck models for the years 2014 through 2018. The next round of regulations will set standards for models beyond 2018.
Heavy-duty trucks are the second-largest source of greenhouse gas emissions on the road, behind passenger cars, the
The White House said the administration would work closely with the California regulators to ensure the new rules align with regulations drafted by the state's Air Resources Board. Manufacturers have warned about the prospect of two different sets of standards, while truckers have worried about the costs of upgrading to cleaner vehicles.
Obama's announcement Tuesday was met with cautious approval from the industry.
"ATA hopes the administration will set forth a path that is both based on the best science and research available and economically achievable," said Bill Graves, president of the American Trucking Assns.
Obama announced the timeline for the second phase of the standards from the Safeway facility in
"That's why we call this 'SuperTruck,'" he said. "It's impressive, this one right here."
Obama also plans to ask Congress to create a $2-billion energy security trust fund to support research and development of more fuel-efficient vehicles. The president made a similar request last year but was rebuffed by Congress. Obama will also call on lawmakers to pass a new tax credit aimed at spurring investment in new-vehicle technology and to extend a tax credit for biofuel producers that expired in December.