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A new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that if the US government approves a fleet of low-slung, three-wheeled trucks, it would be more economical and more environmentally friendly than a diesel truck.
This would be a huge boon to the economy, with trucks costing less to produce, less fuel to transport and fewer emissions.
But, according to the IIHS, this would be bad news for the environment.
According to the Institute, the average truck is responsible for over 70% of all US greenhouse gas emissions.
According to research by the University of Pennsylvania, low-powered diesel vehicles generate the highest amount of methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change.
To help offset the impact of these vehicles, the IHS estimates that an average of 10 million trucks would need to be upgraded.
The study is being published in the American Journal of Public Health.
The institute’s report was prompted by a study conducted by the US Department of Transportation.
That study found that only 3% of the vehicles produced by the trucking industry would be considered safe for driving.
“The trucking and manufacturing industries have been at a high risk of pollution over the past 20 years, and it is a great concern that more trucks will be producing and transporting hazardous materials,” said Paul B. Collins, IIHS Director of Public Affairs.
Collins noted that there were more than 500,000 tons of diesel in the United States last year, up from roughly 600,000 in 2013.
As for the safety of a fleet, IIS’s research found that the average safety rating of a diesel vehicle was 9 out of 10.
This means that, if approved, the trucks would be able to move a much higher volume of hazardous materials than their diesel counterparts.
IHS recommends that all new trucks and pickup trucks be retrofitted with a Low-Slung Three-Wheeler or a Trailer Loader to increase the trucks’ mobility, while at the same time improving the vehicle’s environmental impact.
It also recommends that trucks equipped with cargo compartments, cargo storage units and a cargo hold should be able move up to 40% more weight than a standard four-wheel drive vehicle.
A low-tech approach would allow the trucks to operate without a diesel engine, while still producing the required amount of CO2.
But, as Collins explained, a diesel would need a lot of fuel to run, and would be an energy hog.
If a diesel powered truck is adopted, it could save the US over $1 trillion a year in energy costs, according the IIS.
For more information on the report and the Institute’s recommendations, read our story here.
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