The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) aims to upgrade 400 trucks traveling along the West Coast's Interstate-5 corridor with fuel-saving and pollution-reduction technologies through a partnership with the US Department of Transportation (DOT), Oregon's DOT, and Cascade Sierra Solutions.
The partnership will make EPA's SmartWay upgrade kits available for long-haul trucks. The kits package together a variety of fuel and emissions-saving technologies and typically consist of engine idle reduction technology, low rolling resistance tires, improved aerodynamics and exhaust after-treatment devices.
Because of the fuel savings, upfront capital costs of SmartWay kits are generally paid back within one to three years. In addition to the short payback period, if a loan is needed to purchase an upgrade kit, the monthly fuel savings exceed the monthly loan payments, thus increasing profits from the first day companies use the kits, EPA said.