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In the automotive industry, electrification is the focus of innovation in passenger vehicles, but in the commercial vehicle space the diesel engine is still king. With upcoming regulation changes and a push to significantly reduce emissions, how can commercial vehicle manufacturers and fleet owners better prepare themselves for the future? In this episode, Zari Venhaus, director of Corporate Marketing Communications for Eaton, talks with Karl Sievertsen, Eaton's Vehicle Group CTO, about the upcoming changes and how technology will help maximize fuel efficiency and increase operational effectiveness.

Key takeaways 

  • 00:35 Vehicle emissions regulations for 2021 focus on improving the fuel economy of commercial vehicles by lowering CO2 emissions, GHGs and harmful emissions, such as NOx, that produce ozone which can be hazardous to humans and the environment.
  • 01:30 Commercial vehicle manufacturers and fleet owners should expect even more stringent standards to take effect across the U.S. and Europe beginning in 2024 extending through 2027. 
  • 04:47 While diesel engines will continue to be the primary source of power for commercial trucks, electrification will have an integral role in making diesel engines and vehicle systems more efficient. 
  • 07:32 Industry partnerships like the U.S. Department of Energy's SuperTruck II program are helping manufacturers and fleet owners see what's possible for the future of mobility.

Minimizing and controlling emissions, real world measuring techniques and the focus on closing the low-load exemption is driving what we think is going to be a technology adoption revolution.

Karl Sievertsen, chief technology officer, Vehicle Group, Eaton