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Obama to announce fuel standards for big vehicles

Obama to announce fuel standards for big vehicles
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Tuesday, August 9, 2011 - 2:10am

Big trucks will have to burn less fuel under new standards being announced by President Barack Obama.

Senior administration officials say the standards he's unveiling Tuesday will be the first for these types of vehicles. They'll apply to the 2014 to 2018 model years.

Big rigs or semis will have to slash fuel consumption and the production of heat-trapping gases by up to 23 percent. Gas-powered heavy-duty pickups and vans would have to cut consumption by 10 percent, or by 15 percent if they run on diesel.

Delivery trucks and other work vehicles would be required to trim fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by up to 9 percent.

The White House says the changes will save businesses billions of dollars in fuel, help reduce oil consumption and cut pollution.

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