New EPA Standards to Impact Medium and Heavy Duty Vehicles – Commercial Hydrogen Technology Improves Mileage and Air Emissions
HOUSTON, TX / ACCESSWIRE / August 31, 2016 / New emission standards developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have been announced that improve fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Medium-and Heavy-Duty vehicles. Known as the Phase 2 program, the technology-advancing standards apply to model year 2018 and beyond.
While noteworthy, the standards are not backward looking. One company, Commercial Hydrogen, Inc. of Houston, Texas is leading the field, however. It has developed advanced hydrogen technology for current and past-year trucks. Staying ahead of the regulatory curve, Commercial Hydrogen has developed a proprietary retrofit for existing diesel engines.
“We are proud to introduce to the market our 5th Generation Hydrogen On Demand packages,” announced Commercial Hydrogen, Inc. CEO, Todd Fowler. “We have been ahead of EPA regulations from day one,” Fowler continues.
Commercial Hydrogen’s approach is to install a retrofit package to the engine. Hydrogen vapor is injected directly into the combustion chamber. The retrofit kits work with diesel and CNG/LNG engines and are designed to be installed during normal fleet maintenance cycles. The result is improved performance and enhanced air quality. In fact, Commercial Hydrogen has found a reduction of 50 percent to 70 percent of particulates, CO2 and NOX.
According to the EPA, Class 7 and 8 tractors account for roughly 60 percent of total GHG emissions and fuel consumption from the heavy-duty sector. This is due to their large payloads and high number of miles traveled. These tractors play a major role in freight transport in the United States. The CO2 and fuel consumption standards for commercial trucks start in model year 2020. They increase incrementally in model year 2024, and phase-in completely by model year 2027.
The fully phased-in standards dictate up to 25 percent lower CO2 emissions and fuel consumption compared to Phase 1 standards. Manufacturers will be able to meet the tractor standards through improvements in the engine, transmission, driveline, aerodynamic design, lower rolling resistance tires, extended idle reduction technologies, and other accessories. Since engine technology delivers significant benefits, a separate set of engine standards was developed to ensure that manufacturers implement engine technologies to deliver those benefits.
Commercial Hydrogen, Inc. is poised to dominate this market with a substantial reduction in GHG emissions. As a positive cost benefit, fuel consumption is reduced, as well as vehicle wear and tear.
For more information about hydrogen technology, please visit, http://www.CHydrogen.com.
SOURCE: Commercial Hydrogen, Inc.