Task Force Calls for Smart Policies

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

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CALSTART convened a blue-ribbon Task Force of more than forty truck industry leaders from fleets, the manufacturing sector and suppliers, who called for performance-based incentives and policies to accelerate American leadership in the global advanced truck market. In the report, "Speeding High Efficiency Truck Adoption: Recommended Policies, Incentives and Investments," the Task Force members call for smart policies to grow jobs, decrease dependence on oil, and clean the air. The report was funded by the Energy Foundation.

Below are Task Force member comments:

“As a small business developing hydraulic hybrid systems, we support EPA's proposed fuel efficiency standards for medium and heavy duty vehicles,” said Task Force Member Bonnie Trowbridge, Lightning Hybrids Vice President. “This report’s recommendations provide the tools needed to make those standards effective, speeding the use of technologies that lessen our dependence on fossil fuels, provide healthier communities, and create jobs across the U.S.”

“These measures would kickstart volume sales of clean, efficient, heavy duty vehicles and accelerate the industry into a self sustaining mode as quickly as possible,” said Task Force member David M. Mazaika, Chief Operating Officer, Quantum Technologies Inc.

“The proposals outlined in the report provide a vital roadmap to how government and industry can effectively work together to deploy high efficiency trucks and meeting new EPA/NHTSA rules, offering a vital balance between ‘carrot and stick’ rule making and accelerating the adoption of new technologies,” said Paul Beach, Task Force member and President, Quallion LLC. 

“Odyne supports efforts that, like the ones outlined in this report, will increase the adoption of high efficiency medium and heavy duty trucks. Accelerating the deployment of advanced fuel saving technology will help reduce our nation’s dependence on imported oil, create jobs, lower operating costs, reduce emissions, and often result in quieter operation,” said Task Force member, Joe Dalum, President, Odyne Systems, LLC.

“Progressive guidelines and standards in tandem with the requisite incentives are key to both cleaner air and sustainable business practices. Government leadership in promoting and aiding initial procurement by public and private fleets is a necessary step to mass adoption – which is what will ultimately benefit the industry and the environment the most,said Task Force member, Bryan Hansel, CEO, Smith Electric.