Obama Seeks 20% Reduction in U.S. Big-Rig Truck Fuel Use by 2018

Discussion in 'Trucking Industry Regulations' started by GuysLady, Aug 9, 2011.

  1. 48Packard

    48Packard Ol' Two-stop Shag!

    Apr 19, 2009
    Columbia, SC area
    I'm not against new technology whatsoever.

    I AM against those who feel their way is the only way, and I'm just a horrible, terrible cretin of a human being for not doing it thusly (or even questioning anything about it).
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  3. Sportster2000

    Sportster2000 Road Train Member

    Jan 5, 2008
    CNG has a limited range that it can run before it needs to be refilled. The cost of the tank is half of the cost of a new truck by itself. I can see more companies using them, but they will not replace diesel.
  4. LBZ

    LBZ Road Train Member

    Oct 22, 2008
    Road to Nowhere
    I quit reading after I realized it wasn't going to say Obama & administration to resign immediately. ;)

    I understand his idealogy on this, but it is just not the time to add yet again more regulations driving costs higher. The EPA doesn't get it either. You cannot invest in things when the money is gone. The economy needs to rebuild THEN go after investing in regs & alternate technology.
  5. Yatista

    Yatista Medium Load Member

    Jan 25, 2009
    Upstate New York

    Even diesel trucks have a limited range. That's why we have so many fuel stations throughout the country. CNG does not have the distribution system yet, but, when it does it will be able to compete on a price level with all the detuned, emission controlled diesels being produced. CNG is many time cleaner than diesel and is in general use in the local bus segment of most urban transportation systems. They have their own fueling stations.
    chalupa and dave26027 Thank this.
  6. chalupa

    chalupa Road Train Member

    Jul 22, 2010
    Yat is correct..... my former fleet runs a small fleet of KW's that run on LNG. They are Cummins and start diesel and run LNG. Problem is cost...these trucks cost about $180k before the government rebate and of course fuel. No where to buy it.
  7. G/MAN

    G/MAN Road Train Member

    Sep 3, 2010
    Distribution has always been the problem when it comes to introducing alternate fuels. Some will work locally, but not long distance.
  8. Richey

    Richey Bobtail Member

    Jul 24, 2011
    The economy depends on truckers to get their freight from place to place.

    AND i thought we where already taxed. We have to pay fuel taxes. Everytime i get deisel fuel i pay my taxes.
  9. Sportster2000

    Sportster2000 Road Train Member

    Jan 5, 2008
    We have a refueling station at work and the truck can not run a full 8 hours before needing to be refueled, so the range is a lot less than a diesel would be. I have worked on a few of these new CNG and LNG powered vehicles and I still do not like them.
  10. snowbird_89

    snowbird_89 Heavy Load Member

    Aug 21, 2009
    Obama must not understand how the laws of physics work.
  11. Ridgerunner665

    Ridgerunner665 Road Train Member

    Apr 27, 2009
    I don't understand why they don't use the alternative fuels in passenger cars and trucks.....leave commercial trucks alone until a real alternative is found.

    It would be far more practical and easier to achieve.

    And on top of that...if these guys would stop idling when they don't have to (like right now in Oak Grove, MO)...that alone would decrease fuel consumption by quite a lot.

    Its these guys that are bringing this stuff down on us...buy a #### fan and hang it in front of your vent for crying out loud.

    Some quick math:

    100 trucks idling 8 hours = appx. 800 gallon of fuel per night...roughly 240,000 gallons per year (only counted 300 days to allow for home time)...and that is only an appx. estimate of the fuel wasted at 1 single truck stop per year

    For 1,000 truck stops...thats 240 million gallons per year. (at current prices...thats $960 million....almost 1 billion dollars a year)

    APU's could fix all that if states would all just allow the extra 400 lbs...but no, everybody's gotta do things bassackwards.
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