EPA Asks for Hybrid Technology on Future Pickups

August 9, 2011

The federal government is requesting that pickup manufacturers offer “game-changing” technologies that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including hybrid technology, according to a proposal from the EPA.

The proposal states manufacturers could get per-vehicle credits toward their corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) if they use "significant quantities" of hybrid technology on full-size pickups, starting in 2017.

To be eligible for the credits, a truck manufacturer must use the technology on a minimum percentage of its full-size pickup production — 30 percent in 2017 and rising to at least 80 percent in 2021 for what the EPA calls "a mild HEV pickup truck." Given that the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid and the GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid make up a small portion of pickup truck sales right now, it's hard to imagine similar vehicles would make up 30 percent of a fleet in six years, let alone 80 percent in 10 years, says Dave Lee of PickupTrucks.com.

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Source: PickupTrucks.com (by Dave Lee)