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 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 (EPA) 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. “We are working so that, once concluded, this process to update fuel efficiency requirements will incentivize manufacturers to produce more NGVs and light-duty fleets to utilize more NGVs nationwide.”
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.”
Natural gas has a strong record as a clean, zero emission-equivalent, domestically-available transportation fuel. And when the newest Ultra Low-NOx natural gas engines are fueled with biogas – or renewable natural gas – captured from landfills, wastewater, and food and agricultural waste, its results are carbon neutral or even carbon negative.