President Barack Obama recently issued a memorandum order improving the energy security of the United States, by transforming America's fleet of cars and trucks from emitting harmful greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. “America has the opportunity to lead the world in the development of a new generation of clean cars and trucks through innovative technologies and manufacturing that will spur economic growth and create high-quality domestic jobs, enhance our energy security, and improve our environment”, the President wrote.
He stated that the United States have made significant strides toward reducing greenhouse gas pollution and enhancing fuel efficiency from motor vehicles with the joint rulemaking issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The President's memorandum however is requesting for additional coordinated steps to be taken by all concerned agencies to produce a new generation of clean vehicles.
Brian Wynne, President, Electric Drive Transportation Association earlier said on the joint ruling that "U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation underscore the importance of electric drive vehicles in helping the U.S. reduce its greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector."
Given that nine of the top ten most fuel efficient vehicles in the U.S. are hybrids, he said that he would expect continued growth of hybrids and new momentum for plug-in electric and fuel cell vehicles that offer even greater fuel efficiency, environmental benefits and improve our energy security.
"This is an important next step for integrating and advancing electric drive into the vehicle fleet. We are pleased that the EPA and Department of Transportation have acknowledged the benefits of electric drive in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and affording greater fuel savings," Wynne said.
While the Federal Government and many States have now created a harmonized framework for addressing the fuel economy of and greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light-duty trucks, medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses continue to be a major source of fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas pollution.
President Obama is requesting the Administrators of the EPA and the NHTSA to immediately begin work on a joint rule making under the Clean Air Act (CAA) and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) in order to establish fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions standards for commercial medium and heavy-duty vehicles beginning with model year 2014.
Obama is aiming that a final ruling will be issued by July 30, 2011.