Hybrid Truck Legislation Promotes Common-Sense Energy Solutions

June 11, 2009

Hybrid Truck Legislation Promotes Common-Sense Energy Solutions

Sensenbrenner: Trucks are ‘Low Hanging Fruit’ in Reducing Fuel Use

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., ranking Republican on the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming said today’s display of hybrid truck technology on the National Mall shows that simple, common-sense solutions can address energy security and climate change without damaging the economy.

Sensenbrenner introduced the Heavy Duty Hybrid Vehicle Research, Development, and Demonstration Act, H.R. 445, which creates the Federal government’s first grant program exclusively designed to promote hybrid trucks.  A recent Duke University study shows researchers and policymakers are likely to undervalue improvements to less efficient vehicles and Sensenbrenner said the hybrid truck bill, which creates a $16 million grant program in the Department of Energy, will help truck manufacturers overcome technological hurdles and to reduce economies of scale.
 
“The greatest fuel savings will come from improving the least efficient vehicles. Trucks are the low hanging fruit in reducing fuel consumption.  Despite this, federal policy has focused almost exclusively on promoting hybrid passenger cars,” Sensenbrenner said. “Hybrid truck legislation will result in more hybrid trucks, less fuel consumption, and lower emissions.” 
 
Hybrid on the Hill day featured a display of more than 15 hybrid technologies for medium and large-sized trucks. According to the OshKosh Corp., there are 90,000 refuse trucks in the United States.  Replacing these trucks with hybrids would result in the same fuel savings as replacing 2.5 million passenger cars.  Ten thousand hybrid trucks would save 7.2 million gallons of diesel each year and would reduce emissions by 83,000 tons. 
 
“This would be like taking every car in New York City off the road for 25 days,” Sensenbrenner said. “Technology-based solutions are a better approach to achieving energy independence and combating climate change.  Advanced technologies can strengthen the U.S. economy, keep energy costs low, and reduce emissions, and the gains that we can make in just one area demonstrate the advantages of this approach.”
 
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