Among medium and heavy-trucks, class 8 trucks are the largest CO2 emitters and fuel users, consuming two-thirds of all truck fuel, or 1.57 million barrels per day. In an effort to reduce emissions and foreign oil dependence, in 2004, the EPA launched SmartWay, a program which offers incentives for the acquisition of approved emission and fuel reduction technologies to improve supply-chain fuel efficiency. With a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, Cascade Sierra Solutions is able to offer truckers 20 percent off the cost of qualifying SmartWay equipment that can plug into the electric grid as an alternative to burning diesel fuel. This includes shorepower capable auxiliary power units (APUs). The EPA has determined that, when used as anti-idling devices, APUs reduce emissions on long-haul, class 8 trucks and locomotives when compared to the vehicles' baseline emissions from the main propulsion engine. APUs also benefit truckers in fuel savings and reduced vehicle maintenance costs.
Hodyon's SmartWay-certified Dynasys APU is an excellent choice for constituents participating in the grant program. The Dynasys APU reduces emissions, provides dependable comfort during down times and dramatically lowers fuel and other operating costs for truckers.
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