The transportation industry is beginning to become more confident in new technologies that are reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving our environment. According to an article I came across onTruckerToTrucker.com, 2.5 million out of the 8.6 million registered trucks in the United States are now using cleaner and more fuel efficient diesel engines that reduce emissions. These 2.5 million trucks make up 28% of trucks on the road.
These technologically advanced engines are great, however an even greater fuel and emissions savings can be obtained as more truckers adopt no idle technologies such as solar and battery powered auxiliary power systems. As new technologies continue to meet and exceed expectations, truckers and administration personnel of the transportation industry are quickly beginning to adopt. Not only are they finding a reduction in emissions, but these technologies are also proving to save dramatically on fuel and engine maintenance costs…a true triple threat.
“More than 95% of all heavy-duty trucks are diesel-powered, as are a majority of medium-duty trucks. Diesel power is the driving force today of goods movement by truck in our economy and they are continuing to play a central role of the United States’ new effort to reduce fuel consumption and lower greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in the coming years,” said Allen Schaeffer, the executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum. With only 28% of trucks using new diesel engine technologies alone, it is exciting to imagine the impact that the transportation industry could have on the betterment of our environment as more trucks continue adopting other clean-tech applications.