WASHINGTON, April 04, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Modern commercial vehicles have made incredible strides in fuel efficiency and emissions reductions, and continuing innovation, research and regulation is anticipated to deliver even greater savings in coming years, according to regulators, industry leaders, and vehicle, engine and fuel manufacturers heard today at the SAE Government/Industry Meeting in Washington, D.C.

During a two-part session titled “Driving Efficiencies in Freight Trucks: Vehicles, Technologies, Policies and Fuels,” attendees heard from representatives of Cummins Inc., Neste, Volvo Group North America, the Truck & Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA), The Fuels Institute, Eaton and Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM), as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB), about the technologies, fuels and policies driving the future design, fuels and powertrains for tomorrow’s commercial trucks. The sessions were co-organized by EPA, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Diesel Technology Forum, and moderated by the Forum’s executive director Allen Schaeffer.

“Diesel engines are the prime technology powering the majority of commercial vehicles in the United States today,” said Schaeffer. “Considering what we heard at this session, the next steps in engine emissions regulation and greenhouse gas emissions compliance, and the opportunity with advanced renewable biofuels, diesel engines already have one foot solidly in the future, and will be joined there by more fuels and technology choices to meet the needs of the customer, whatever they may be.”

Currently, 36 percent of all commercial diesel trucks on U.S. roads are powered by the newest generation of diesel technologies (MY 2011 and newer), up from just 30 percent in 2016 and 25.7 percent in 2015. These advanced-generation diesel technologies deliver key benefits, especially in terms of cleaner air and fuel savings, and are responsible for significant reductions in ozone precursors and ensure continued success in achieving national ambient air quality standards across the nation. According to research by the Forum, a new-technology Class 8 diesel truck will save 960 gallons of fuel, saving truckers $3,300 in fuel costs. These newest trucks also offer significant clean air benefits: nitrogen