AEA Statement on the EPA’s Heavy Truck Rule

WASHINGTON DC (03/29/2024) – Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the final version of their emission standards for heavy-duty trucks, which would impose significant reductions in CO2 emissions for heavy-duty trucks from the model year 2027 through 2032 as well as a push toward full electrification in later years.

An EPA analysis estimated the rule would result in truck makers needing to use battery electric or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles for anywhere from 10 to 40 percent of their fleet. A recent analysis from the Clean Freight Coalition estimated the infrastructure costs of electrifying the entire commercial truck fleet to be $1 trillion alone.

AEA President Thomas Pyle issued the following statement:

The EPA is setting unachievable emission reduction targets, this time targeting heavy-duty trucks which are responsible for an enormous portion of freight movement in the U.S. The technology needed to electrify the trucking industry is nowhere near ready, and this rule is setting us on a collision course for supply chain disasters.

By increasing the cost of shipping with this rule, the Biden administration is once again demonstrating their lack of concern for American families who have been hit hard by inflation and the onslaught of rules and regulations that are making it increasingly difficult to do business in the U.S.

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