The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Dept. of Transportation have put forth the first national standards to cut greenhouse-gas emissions and raise the fuel efficiency of heavy-duty trucks and buses. The proposal, which the agencies announced on Oct. 25, would apply to work vehicles ranging from large, heavy-duty pickup trucks in Class 2b to the largest Class 8 tractor-trailer trucks, weighing 80,000 lb or more. The EPA and DOT action follows a directive issued by President Obama. The benchmarks would kick in for vehicles manufactured in model years 2014 through 2018. EPA and DOT estimate the standards will
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