Says Energy Bill Essential to Develop Clean Diesel Technology
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Highlighting the promise of alternative fuel trucks and buses, Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman today opened an exhibition of energy-efficient, clean diesel and advanced hybrid commercial vehicles at a press conference in Washington, D.C. Secretary Bodman also underscored the need to pass an energy bill that encourages the use of renewable fuels and new technologies to provide the United States with greater energy independence.
"Industry and government are working hand-in-hand to develop technologies that can move larger volumes of freight and greater numbers of passengers while emitting little or no pollution and dramatically reducing our dependence on foreign oil," Secretary Bodman said. "The Department of Energy is partnering with the private sector to increase the fuel economy of the best new long-haul trucks by almost 50 percent in the next fifteen years."
Secretary Bodman joined top leaders of government and industry to showcase the newest environmentally friendly and energy-efficient commercial vehicles on the market today.
President Bush has called for tax incentives for clean diesel vehicles. In addition, he has proposed $2.5 billion in tax incentives over ten years to encourage consumers to buy energy-efficient hybrid cars and trucks. Approximately one-fourth of the vehicles that travel on American highways are commercial vehicles. DOE projects that without significant technology development, commercial truck fuel use will increase by 40 percent by 2020 and will double by 2050.
Several of the vehicles on display today from Allison, Caterpillar, Cummins, Eaton, EPA, International, Oshkosh and Volvo were developed in a cooperative effort between manufacturers and the DOE-led 21st Century Truck Partnership, a government / industry initiative to develop advanced technologies for fuel-efficient commercial vehicles. The exhibition was cosponsored by the Diesel Technology Forum at a conference of the Society of Automotive Engineers.
For more information on the 21st Century Truck Partnership, please see http://www1.eere.energy.gov/vehiclesandfuels/about/partnerships/21centurytruck/index.html.
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