Barack Hussein Obama has decreed that work trucks of all sizes
will have their first ever mileage standards imposed on them. Work
trucks can be anything from pickups to big rigs to anything in between.
I don't see how this is a workable standard, and here's why.
of all sizes, even the smallest ones, offer far more options for
customizing than typical passenger vehicles do. There are multiple
transmission choices; there are multiple engine choices; and there are
multiple cab configuration choices, which change the size of the
vehicle. I have a few problems and questions with this proposal.
unlike car companies, most truck companies allow the buyer to choose
multiple engines from different manufacturers. For example, if you were
to buy a Freightliner, Peterbilt, Kenworth, or other heavy truck, you
may choose a proprietary engine (if available), or you may choose a
Detroit, Cummins, or Caterpillar engine. That is to say that when one
buys a heavy truck, one will choose the make, size, and horsepower of
the engine to power the truck. This depends on how the vehicle will be
used, where, under what circumstances, etc. For example, if a truck
won't be traversing the mountains on a regular basis, the owner of the
truck can outfit it with a smaller, more fuel efficient engine. The
same applies to transmissions, axles, differentials, and so on. To get
an idea of how much choice a customer has, here's the spec sheet to the Peterbilt 587.
you can see, outfitting a work truck is far different than outfitting a
passenger car. Passenger cars are usually offered with two to four
trim levels, which determines what optional equipment, engines, and
transmissions will be offered with the vehicle. For example, when buying a Toyota Corolla,
there are three trim levels: base, LE, and S. The trim level
determines what engine and transmission you get. While Ford offers more
choice with their models, the options pale when compared to those faced
by truck operators and manufacturers. That is to say that work trucks
do not offer the degree of standardization that is found in passenger
All these choices will affect fuel economy. Different
transmissions and axles will affect the gear ratios. Without getting
complicated, the gear ratio determines how many engine revolutions are
required for each wheel revolution. The gear ratio determines the
acceleration, speed, and fuel economy of any vehicle. Since trucks have
so many CHOICES with components that affect the overall gear ratio,
does it not stand to reason that setting a fuel mileage standard is well
I have a few more questions to ask. Isn't the
way the truck is used going to determine fuel mileage? If a truck is
used to haul light but bulky things like cardboard boxes, will it not
get better fuel mileage than a truck hauling heavy, steel beams? If a
truck is often used in the mountains, will it not get worse mileage than
a truck used on flat terrain? If a truck is set up for traversing the
Rocky Mountains, will it not have different engines, transmissions,
axles, and differentials than one that isn't used in the mountains; even
if that truck is used on flat ground, it'll get worse fuel economy than
one set up for flat ground. Ergo, how can one set any fuel economy
standard for work trucks?
I have some more questions to ask.
Don't you think that truck owners and operators would want the most fuel
efficient truck they can buy? Since fuel represents a huge operating
cost (a big rig, at today's fuel prices, costs MORE THAN $1,000 to
refuel!), does it not stand to reason that truck owners and operators
would want the most economical vehicle they could get? Furthermore,
does it not stand to reason that truck manufacturers would WANT to offer
fuel efficient products? Wouldn't the manufacturer of the most fuel
efficient work trucks have a huge competitive advantage in the market
place? WTF is the gov't doing meddling in something they know nothing
The proposed fuel economy standards for work trucks are
unworkable. Given the amount of choice truck owners and operators have
when fitting out their vehicles; given the customizing choices a truck
buyer has; given the variation in between two trucks of the same model;
no two trucks will get the same mileage. Ergo, a fuel standard cannot
be set, let alone enforced, for work trucks.
This is yet another
case of know-nothing, idiot government bureaucrats trying to regulate
something that cannot be regulated! Those proposing this (our notorious
'president' among them) have no clue; they know nothing about the real
world; nor do they know anything about the real world in which most of
us live. I wish someone would bomb Washington, D.C. (aka the District
of Criminals)! Government officials don't know their asses from a hole
in the ground!
I'm out of here. Have a good day now. Until next time...