But only if the US government agrees to the request. Fat chance.
For anyone who has ever shopped for a Heavy Duty pickup truck, you’ve probably noticed the dealership window sticker, called a Monroney, lists the rated fuel economy as N/A. That’s because automakers are not required to reveal those figures for HD pickup trucks, unlike light duty trucks. But this could possibly be changing. Automotive News has learned that the non-profit Consumer Union recently sent a letter to US Senate and House committee leaders requesting additional funds for the NHTSA and the EPA. Why?
Because they want information on HD trucks’ fuel economy, emissions and expected fuel costs revealed to the public. “Based on new data from testing at Consumer Reports, these heavy-duty diesel pickups cost about $35,000 to fuel over the first 15 years of the vehicles’ lives. Further, they can cost $7,000 to $10,000 more to fuel than their light-duty gasoline counterparts over that same period,” stated David Friedman, Consumers Union director of cars and product policy. “Without information like this, consumers are powerless to make informed decisions when shopping for these vehicles for their businesses or family.” Friedman knows a thing or two about this, given that he was formerly the NHTSA’s deputy administrator.
This request comes following a Consumer Reports test of the most popular HD pickups in the US: the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD, Ford F-250, Ram 2500 and Nissan Titan XD. Testing revealed that despite greater diesel engine efficiency, the trucks’ extra weight counteracts that; HD trucks returned about 1 to 2 mpg less than gasoline-engined light-duty trucks. Despite this, we doubt much is going to happen with the issue in both the Senate and House. Why? Because both Houses of Congress, along with the Trump Administration, are already trying to ease the burden on automakers regarding fuel economy mandates. They want to continue deregulating things and Consumers Union’s request is to do the exact opposite.