Efficiency driving engine development, report shows

According to the newest N.A. On-highway CV Engine Outlook report released Friday by ACT Research and Rhein Associates, the growing media coverage of electric commercial vehicles hasn’t stopped the trucking industry from continuing to rely on diesel and natural gas-powered equipment.

Published regularly to present historical trends, current activity and forecasts of engine demand in on-highway commercial vehicles, the CV Engine Outlook report analyzes significant trends in engine displacement, engine type (diesel, gasoline, natural gas, and other), captive versus non-captive engines, and premium versus non-premium power for Class 8 vehicles.

Regarding this month’s report, Rhein Associates President Tom Rhein says, “Tesla and Nikola continue to grab headlines, and Mack garnered a few in the past three months, as well, with their Catenary e-Highway demonstration. That said, EV efforts aren’t the only engine developments making news. OEMs continue to unveil efficiencies in diesel offering also aimed as emission reductions.”

One of the aspects of the N.A. On-highway CV Engine Outlook touted by Rhein is its inclusion of the every-changing regulatory environment.

“We’re paying close attention to EPA regulations as well as those in California,” he says. “According to the California Air Resources Board (CARB), there are now more than 20 manufacturers offering 60 eligible models of hybrid, low-NOx, and zero-emission trucks and buses.

“The growing number of product offerings, continually changing requirements, and constantly developing technologies make this a very exciting and very fluid time for the NA commercial vehicle, and particularly the power source, industry.”

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