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Volvo supports GHG regs, but still prefers complete vehicle standard


GREENSBORO, N.C. — Volvo Group announced today it is committed to working with the EPA and NHTSA to meet Phase 2 greenhouse gas regulations, but it will continue to push its point that a single vehicle standard would be more effective.

“Environmental care is a core value for the Volvo Group, and we are aligned with the federal government’s goal to reduce GHG emissions from heavy-duty trucks,” said Susan Alt, senior vice-president, public affairs for Volvo Group North America. “While we will need to spend time thoroughly reviewing the details, we appreciate EPA’s and NHTSA’s outreach to the industry.”

Volvo has been pushing for a single standard that would cover the entire vehicle, however the proposal announced Friday contains separate performance objectives for trucks, engines and trailers. Volvo said it will be submitting “comprehensive comments” to EPA and NHTSA within the allotted timeframe.

“In principle, the Volvo Group maintains that a separate engine standard is inconsistent with the Group’s interest in minimizing the complete, real world environmental impacts of its products,” Volvo said in a release. “A separate engine standard is at odds with the reduction of NOx, due to the natural trade-off between NOx and CO2 emissions from the engine. It also limits manufacturers’ flexibility to meet the regulated targets for each individual customer in a way that suits their specific needs, and it incentivizes optimization for engine test cell requirements versus real world efficiencies.”