Got some trailers that need replacing? Prices for new ones are probably going to jump up soon. Phase 2 of the Federal Government’s greenhouse gas mandates are now in effect, and trailer manufacturers are the first ones affected.
Starting in 2018, new trailers will have to meet new standards that include updated tire technologies and aerodynamic systems. The requirements are aimed at increasing fuel economy and lowering greenhouse gas emissions.
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The new rules were issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. They also offered estimates of how much more the new trailers will cost, focusing largely on van and reefer trailers. Transport Topics reported that the requirements will probably add "about $860 to the cost of a 2021 trailer, $1,015 to the cost of a 2024 unit, and $1,090 for a 2027 model," compared to the cost of a 2017 model.
Truck and engine makers will have new mandates beginning in 2021. An EPA study claims that a buyer of a new rig in 2027 should be able to recoup the extra costs in two years from fuel savings.
Have any of you already invested in aerodynamic trailers? Have your fuel costs changed? If so, how much? Let us know in the comments.