U.S. overtaking Europe as emissions tech leaders
Bill Van Amburg, senior vice-president at CALSTART, said that emissions technology has advanced so much in the U.S. that Europe is taking note.
“Trucks in North America are getting more efficient than trucks in Europe,” Van Amburg said. “It’s interesting to be in a leader position. It’s an export strength.”
Van Amburg spoke at this morning’s Trucking Efficiency Update & Overview at the 2016 ACT Expo in Long Beach, Calif. Innovative, emissions-reducing technology is at the heart of ACT Expo and its growth is impressive over the last eight years or so.
Henry Cheung, air resources engineer in the on-road heavy duty diesel section at the California Air Resources Board, and another speaker at the trucking efficiency meeting, said that in 2008 there were only five manufacturers offering aerodynamic devices for trailers.
For 2016, that number has increased to 32 manufacturers with 95 aerodynamic devices—a 540 percent increase. NACFE Executive Director Mike Roeth said that his non-profit group provides fleet feedback on 65 emissions reducing technologies. The reports are available free of charge on NACFE’s website.
Roeth said that NACFE works closely with 25 fleets and welcomes additional input from others. Performance feedback on various emissions reducing technologies can be posted on NACFE’s website. Fleets using new fuel saving technologies save an average of $9,000 per truck each year, Roeth said.
However, the increasingly stringent emissions regulations driving a lot of the innovation, are also negatively impacting the trucking business, according to Kyle Treadway, dealer principal of Kenworth Sales Company. California’s trucking regulations have been especially challenging. read more at ccjdigital.com