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Policy Considerations: Emissions Reduction Proposals Affecting Medium and Heavy-Duty Vehicles

Date: December 19, 2022 PDF: 2 MB

Medium and heavy-duty vehicles (MHDV) account for approximately 10% of vehicle miles traveled in the United States, distribute nearly three-quarters of the nation’s freight and contribute 24% of the nation’s transportation-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (often expressed as carbon dioxide, or CO2 equivalent, or simply carbon) as well as a significant share of air pollutant emissions. In the quest to reduce emissions from the transportation sector, policymakers are beginning to explore options that will directly affect this sector. However, the MHDV market presents unique conditions not found with light duty passenger vehicles, which must be taken into consideration when contemplating any emissions reduction policy.

To help policymakers and affected stakeholders better understand the particular effects such initiatives might have on the MHDV market, the Transportation Energy Institute compiled the following considerations that are critical to address when crafting and implementing such policies. Given the role of MHDVs to the general economy, especially as it relates to the distribution of goods and the provision of services, the Transportation Energy Institute is dedicated to informing comprehensive discussions about the various policy options available to balance the various needs of the market while achieving significant reductions in transportation emissions.

A webinar on this report was held on March 22, 2023 – view webinar recording.

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