More Stringent Emissions Standards on the Horizon
Dear Friends of ROUSH CleanTech,
Fleet decision-makers are faced with the day-to-day challenge of reducing their overall spend, while still having to get the job done. That’s where alternative fuels really shine. Over the life of a propane vehicle, lower fuel and maintenance costs provide a significant return on investment.
For fleets that operate diesel vehicles, there are new reasons to consider alternative fuels. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are jointly proposing stricter regulations that are going to increase vehicle costs.
What we know right now:
- Starting in model year 2021, EPA and NHTSA are proposing new carbon dioxide and fuel consumption standards for vocational vehicles, with increased regulations in model year 2024, and fully phased-in in model year 2027.
- The agencies are proposing separate standards and test cycles for vocational diesel engines, as well as vocational gasoline engines and tractor engines.
- Here’s the cost factor involved: The agencies estimate that additional costs for diesel vehicles to meet the proposed standards will be $1,150 to $1,990 per vehicle in the first year (2021) and $1,770 to $1,990 per vehicle in years 2024-27.
You can learn more here.
The key takeaway is that the cost to operate a fleet of diesel vehicles is going to increase substantially over the next decade. With that in mind, alternative fueled vehicles provide an attract total cost of ownership (TCO) right now! We have school districts, baking and beverage companies saving tens of thousands of dollars in operating costs, while reducing their overall TCO.
When you’re ready to discuss your options, we’re here to help. Call us today at 800.59.ROUSH.