New proposed Federal Fuel Efficiency Rules reflect work of NGV advocates

August 3, 2018. The Trump Administration’s Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule for Model Years 2021-2026 Passenger Cars and Light Trucks reflects significant work by Natural Gas Vehicles for America (NGVAmerica) and other natural gas vehicle (NGV) advocates. The recently-released proposed fuel efficiency requirements for light-duty vehicles suggest that natural gas is an important part of the climate change battle.

   “This joint proposal by the U.S. Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection Agency to update national automobile fuel-economy and greenhouse gas standards reflects a growing understanding in Washington that natural gas must be a growing part of the transportation fuel mix if we are to successfully address climate change concerns in a timely and cost-effective way,” said NGVAmerica President Dan Gage. “NGVAmerica greatly appreciates the Administration’s work to offer a regulatory framework within which all alternative fuels including natural gas can compete based on their full emissions benefits.”

   Among numerous natural gas citations, the August 2nd notice includes, “EPA received input from several industry stakeholders who supported expanding these incentives to further incentivize vehicles capable of operating on natural gas, including treating incentives for natural gas vehicles on par with those for electric vehicles and other advanced technologies, and adjusting or removing the minimum range requirements for dual fueled CNG vehicles.”

   As the rulemaking process continues, NGVAmerica will continue to work with its members to provide EPA and DOT guidance related to alternative fuel parity and incentives that expand the production and use of clean, domestically-fueled natural gas vehicles.