Eric Jorgensen, chairman of the American Truck Dealers (ATD), testified at a government hearing on the Phase 2 rulemaking proposal to increase fuel economy and greenhouse gas (GHG) standards that the standards must be affordable and not compromise performance and must be uniform nationwide.
“Cleaner/greener new equipment will do nothing for the environment or for energy security until it is bought and placed into service, more often than not replacing older, less efficient equipment,” said Jorgensen, president of JX Enterprises, Inc., a multi-state medium- and heavy-duty truck dealership group located in Hartland, Wis., which sells Peterbilt, Volvo, and Hino trucks, Kalmar Ottawa tractors, and Paccar and Cummins engines.
“Consequently, your goal should be to hit a regulatory sweet spot by setting performance standards that result in new products purchasers are willing and able to buy.”
ATD, a division of the National Automobile Dealers Association, plans to file extensive comments addressing a variety of issues involved with the proposal beyond Jorgensen’s testimony. A second hearing is scheduled in Long Beach, Calif., on August 18.