Monday, January 11, 2010

American Freight Trucks To Get Green Technology Development Grants

New Impetus for Environmental Jobs
Shipping News Feature

USA – The American Government has announced they are to invest around $115 million dollars in three projects that are aimed at increasing fuel efficiency and improving emission standards in heavy trucks. The federal government’s grants are conditional on being matched by the recipient companies.

The money will be spent on developing cleaner and more efficient diesel truck engines, aerodynamic cabs and trailers and fuel cells to reduce fuel consumption from idling engines. The investment is also expected to create more than 500 research and engineering roles, with 6,000 more jobs thought to be necessary when production of the new products begins.

According to Energy Secretary Stephen Chu the new technologies envisaged could save more than 100 million gallons of oil per day and reduce carbon emissions from on-road vehicles by 20 percent by 2030.

The three recipients of the funding are engine manufacturer Cummins, Daimler Trucks North America and Navistar.

(Editors note: Secretary Chu should read the Handy Shipping Guide as a number of useful developments in reefer and aerodynamic trailers, as well fuel cell-powered rigs, have already been trialled and reported on.)