Environmental Legislation Does Not Have to Increase Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for Fleets
Any time new greenhouse gas (GHG) legislation goes into effect, the industry prepares itself for the imminent price increases associated with compliant trucks.
However, with the right truck specification strategy, fleets can neutralize increased truck prices by equipping them with technology that delivers significant savings to the bottom line.
Taking tires as an example, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued off-cycle GHG credit for the Halo Tire Inflator. This move allows OEMs to receive credit for installing EPA compliant technology that many of their clients already specify for the fuel, tire life, and uptime benefits.
Aperia’s Halo Tire Inflator enables fast installation on new and existing fleet vehicles. With more than fifty billion miles accumulated across various commercial vehicle applications and routes, the technology is proven to last for the life of the truck. Already, 10% of new tractors are equipped with Halo automatic tire inflation systems (ATIS). This number will grow due to the updated legislation.
Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) technology is another approved by the EPA for GHG credit. And while, in theory, a device letting the driver know when a tire is low is valuable, the noise created by the technology is often difficult to manage. As a result, fleets often do not see the expected ROI from the technology.
Data from 10,974 tires analyzed over a 12-month period and 2.4 billion miles highlights the improved performance of vehicles equipped with Halo automatic tire inflation systems (ATIS) on drive tires only over tire pressure monitoring systems.
TPMS-equipped truck tires averaged 6.9 psi lower than vehicles equipped with Halo automatic tire inflation systems on drive tires only. This study spanned all seasons and application profiles and shows that Halo-equipped tires maintain cold inflation pressure (CIP) within 1.3% across the year, while trucks equipped with best-of-class TPMS fail to incentivize timely and frequent enough operator response time to optimize tire pressure.
When specifying your next truck, consider the features and benefits of EPA compliant technologies, like Halo, and select those that reduce emissions and deliver a strong return on investment.
For more details on our EPA GHG emissions credit news, read the press release here:
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