West Coast truckers can buy EPA fuel-saving kits

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is selling a variety of fuel- and emissions-saving kits to small and medium-sized carriers on the West Coast. The EPA says the kits can reduce fuel consumption and emissions by as much as 20 percent, while the exhaust aftertreatment devices can reduce particulate emissions up to 90 percent.

Four hundred SmartWay Upgrade Kits are available to trucks traveling the Interstate 5 corridor in Oregon, California and Washington. Package contents include engine idle reduction technology, low rolling-resistance tires, aerodynamic devices and exhaust aftertreatment devices.

The cost varies with equipment and vendors, but fuel savings will pay back the cost within three years, the EPA says. If a loan is needed to buy the upgrade, the monthly fuel savings will exceed the monthly loan payments, the EPA says. For more information, go to https://www.epa.gov/smartway.