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API, AFPM Urge Congress to Overturn Unlawful EV Mandate for Heavy Trucks

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WASHINGTON, March 29, 2024 – American Petroleum Institute (API) President and CEO Mike Sommers and American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) President and CEO Chet Thompson today issued the following statement on EPA’s newly finalized heavy-duty vehicle standards covering model years 2027 through 2032:

“This is yet another example of the Biden administration’s whole-of-government effort to eliminate choices for American consumers, businesses, and industries. There is significant uncertainty regarding the technological and infrastructure capability to comply with this rule, which may threaten the speed and cost of goods moving throughout the country.

“By moving forward with an extreme reliance on so-called heavy-duty zero emission vehicles, this rule disincentivizes the development of other fuel-based technologies—including American-made renewable diesel—that are working in today’s heavy-duty fleet to reduce emissions more quickly and at a lower cost. This misguided rule should be overturned by Congress, but short of that, our organizations are prepared to explore challenges in court.”

Fast Facts:

  • Over 98% of the heavy-duty vehicles sold in 2023 were diesel-powered, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration
  • The American Trucking Associations estimates that 11.46 billion tons of freight were transported by trucks in 2022, representing more than 72 percent of total domestic tonnage shipped. 
  • A recent American Transportation Research Institute study found that full electrification of the U.S. vehicle fleet would require the addition of generation and transmission capacity equal to more than 40% of the current electricity demand.

API represents all segments of America’s natural gas and oil industry, which supports more than 11 million U.S. jobs and is backed by a growing grassroots movement of millions of Americans. Our approximately 600 members produce, process and distribute the majority of the nation’s energy, and participate in API Energy Excellence®, which is accelerating environmental and safety progress by fostering new technologies and transparent reporting. API was formed in 1919 as a standards-setting organization and has developed more than 800 standards to enhance operational and environmental safety, efficiency and sustainability. 


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