WASHINGTON – On October 26, NACS and the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America (SIGMA) filed a joint comment regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient Vehicles Rule for Model Years 2021-2016 Passenger Cars and Light Trucks.
The acting agencies are looking for incentives for natural gas vehicles versus electric vehicles. However, in the comments to EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Deputy Administrator Heidi King, the associations urge EPA to “treat all fuels and technologies equally.” There should be a level playing field on which all fuels and technologies, including natural gas, electric and petroleum-based motor fueled vehicles can be evaluated, they said.
In regard to the EPA request for comments on higher octane fuels, NACS and SIGMA stated that they “support examining the use of such fuels as a potential path towards future emissions reductions.” The comments cite improved environmental impacts and better emission profiles.
Because NACS and SIGMA represent approximately 80% of retail motor fuel sales in the U.S., the associations hope the comments have a significant impact.