The Federal Government Should More Actively Promote Energy Conservation by Heavy Trucks

EMD-80-40: Published: Mar 13, 1980. Publicly Released: Mar 13, 1980.

Additional Materials:


Office of Public Affairs
(202) 512-4800

Substantial energy savings are possible by improving the fuel efficiency of heavy trucks. Much has been done by industry to achieve savings; however, significant potential remains. The Federal Government can help maximize this potential through the Voluntary Truck and Bus Fuel Economy Program. This voluntary program was created to increase the awareness of conservation opportunities in the trucking industry and was founded on the basis that economic forces in the market place would drive voluntary conservation efforts.

The voluntary approach appears to be working. Within the trucking industry, carriers and manufacturers have sought ways to improve the fuel efficiency of trucks. Manufacturers have made equipment available. Many carriers have taken actions to cut their fuel consumption. As fuel prices rise and supplies tighten, the incentive to act is increased, but industry needs the information on which to base decisions concerning efficiency improvement.

Oct 15, 2020

Jul 24, 2020

Jun 24, 2020

Jun 9, 2020

May 13, 2020

May 12, 2020

Apr 29, 2020

  • energy icon, source: Art Explosion

    Priority Open Recommendations:

    Department of Energy
    GAO-20-285PR: Published: Apr 22, 2020. Publicly Released: Apr 29, 2020.

Apr 17, 2020

Mar 11, 2020

Mar 4, 2020

Looking for more? Browse all our products here