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Wrightspeed Hybrid-Electric Trucks are the Cutting Edge of Truck Design

March 18, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Hybrid Trucks and Transportation

Wrightspeed Powertrains of San Jose, California is a pioneer in developing hybrid-electric powertrains for heavy duty trucks. This next-generation design provides superior power, performance, and low emissions for heavy duty trucks that operate in some of the most challenging and fuel-guzzling applications.[read more]

Natural Gas Heavy Duty Trucking Fleet Could Benefit US Economy, but Not Climate

February 24, 2015 by Amy Myers Jaffe

While the economy benefits from falling fuel prices, policy makers should consider ways to shield the benefits of a healthy natural gas sector from the fallout from the OPEC price war. One way to help natural gas producers beat OPEC would be to nurture natural gas as a fuel for the trucking fleet.[read more]

Emissions Reduction: Siemens to Test eHighway Concept for Heavy-Duty Trucks in California

August 11, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Siemens eHighway Concept Test

Germany’s Siemens, a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, appears to have received approval from California’s Air Resources Board, one of five units within the state Environmental Protection Agency, to built a test track and implement its eHighway concept for heavy-duty trucks.[read more]

Diesel Truck Pollution: The Truth is Lost in the Fumes

April 28, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Diesel Truck Emissions

A couple things about diesel truck pollution: there’s still a lot of it in California, truck drivers are suffering from it, and most truck owners oppose rolling back the statewide truck clean-up rule. These facts have been obscured by all the fumes emanating from a tiny but vocal minority of trucktivists.[read more]


How Effective are New EPA/NHTSA Medium-Heavy Duty Truck Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards?

March 4, 2014 by John Miller

Truck Fuel Efficiency Standards

The U.S. Federal Government has strongly advocated increasing Medium-Heavy Duty (MD/HD) Truck fuel efficiencies and reducing tailpipe carbon emissions. How effective could recent regulatory actions be in significantly reducing future MD/HD Truck fleet petroleum motor fuels consumption?[read more]

Obama's Fuel Economy Drive for Trucks Aims to Curb Fast-Growing Climate Change Problem

February 20, 2014 by Marianne Lavelle

President Barack Obama is taking aim at one of the world’s fastest growing engines of oil demand and greenhouse gas emissions. But one of the most popular ideas for reducing oil demand in trucking—switching to natural gas—may not help on climate change.[read more]

New Truck Efficiency Standards Make Sense

February 2, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Truck Efficiency

The transportation sector accounts for roughly one-third of national carbon dioxide emissions, and is the second largest emitter behind power plants. On-road vehicles account for 80 percent of transportation emissions, and after cars, trucks are the second biggest polluters.[read more]

The Tesla of Garbage Trucks Could Clean Up Urban Air

June 6, 2013 by Peter Lehner

light truck cleantech?


An innovative retrofit for medium-duty trucks (such as delivery trucks and garbage trucks) could improve fuel efficiency and reduce smog and particle emissions by 90 percent.[read more]

Why Medium & Heavy Duty Trucks Received New Fuel Standards

September 13, 2011 by Benjamin Lack

Carol Lee Rawn, Senior Manager of the Transportation Program for Ceres, discusses the impact of the new fuel-efficiency standards that the Administration passed for heavy and medium-duty trucks.  Full Transcript: Ben Lack: The Obama Administration has recently passed some new fuel-efficiency standards for heavy and medium-duty...[read more]

Obama Finalizes First-Ever Pollution Standards For Trucks

August 8, 2011 by Luke Tonachel

Aug 9, President Obama will announce new fuel efficiency and carbon pollution standards for heavy-duty trucks. This is a historic step forward because these are first-ever standards of this type and they start of process of what are expected to be ongoing improvements in heavy truck performance. The standards will result in freight...[read more]