February 29, 2012

DTNA leads industry by certifying complete vehicle lineup GHG14 compliant

The American Daimler subsidiary Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has been certified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as fully compliant with the new 'Greenhouse Gas 2014' (GHG14) regulation for its complete product portfolio of model year 2013 long-distance haulage, medium-duty, construction and municipal vehicles.

DTNA’s compliance has been achieved ahead of the mandate for certification by the EPA and the Department of Transportation’s Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) program to reduce heavy- and medium-duty truck greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, which will go into effect starting with the 2013 models. Daimler has set its goal to take the leading role in regard to environmentally friendly, resource efficient and sustainable transport solutions in the entire NAFTA region.

Under the new GHG14 regulations, trucks and buses built in 2014 through 2018 are projected to reduce oil consumption by 530-million barrels and greenhouse gas emissions by 270-million metric tons.

“The United States is facing great challenges in regard to greenhouse gas reduction and its dependence on foreign oil. Through its cooperation with the EPA and the NHTSA, DTNA wants to provide answers to these challenges,” said Martin Daum, President and CEO, DTNA. “Early compliance with GHG14 regulations underlines our strategic direction. We want to set the standard in fuel efficiency and reduced emissions,” he adds.

The regulation contributes to the improvement of energy security, increases fuel savings, and reduces GHG emissions. Moreover, the new GHG 14 standard provides regulatory certainty for manufacturers. To clarify: GHG 14 does not replace the EPA 10 emission standard (valid since 01/2010 – comparable to the Euro 6 standard) that is currently in effect in the NAFTA region because  EPA 10 addresses and regulates the traditional pollutant issues (particles, nitrogen oxide).

The agencies developed these rules in collaboration based on relevant laws applicable to their respective jurisdictions: EPA determined the limits for greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act, and NHTSA included the fuel efficiency standard as a part of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA).
DTNA’s complete vehicle line-up is certified by the new GHG14 standard. Particularly the heavy-duty flagship truck Freightliner Cascadia stands out by offering maximum fuel efficiency and excellent aerodynamics. The Cascadia is also the industry leader in total cost of ownership. It features Daimler BlueTec emissions technologies and Detroit brand DD-engines that continue to pace the industry in overall fuel efficiency.


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