If recent events have made one thing clear, it’s that the trucking industry isn’t disappearing anytime soon. About 70% of our consumer goods are shipped via truck, and the impact of trucking on our daily lives is astoundingly beneficial. The impact of trucking on the environment is another story.
Trucking produces a substantial quantity of greenhouse gasses
As of 2016, medium and heavy-duty trucks contribute to about 24% of the greenhouse gasses emitted in the transportation sector. Compared to passenger vehicles at 42%, that’s not bad at all. Still, with around 15.5 million commercial vehicles on the road, the environmental impact has been substantial.
Trucking has evolved to reduce its environmental impact with each passing year.
Two decades ago, the road was packed with massive tractor-trailers spewing thick, black smoke. Old, gas-guzzling diesel trucks are far from the norm in the 2020s. A combination of new federal and state environmental regulations and a race to lower fuel costs has drastically changed the face of trucking.
Modern trucks are substantially more fuel-efficient than the trucking dinosaurs of yester-year. Improved aerodynamics has helped on that front. In addition to fuel efficiency, trucks today are built to run on cleaner-burning fuels, with stringent smog regulations. Today, some studies estimate that it would take 70 of today’s trucks to produce the same amount of pollution as just one truck in 2002.
While designing trucks that run for hundreds, or even thousands, of miles on nothing but electricity, that dream is still a long way off. In the meantime, trucking companies like BYX are doing everything we can to reduce the environmental impact of our trucks as much as humanly possible.
How BYX is working towards a healthier environment
On an ongoing basis, our company is exploring new ways to lower our environmental impact. We are ahead of EPA laws, phasing out older trucks, replacing them with the cleanest, most energy-efficient vehicles available.
We also teach all our drivers to follow fuel-efficiency best practices to further reduce our impact. Driving 65 miles an hour instead of 75 equates to hundreds of dollars in savings, plus considerably better fuel efficiency.
Our trucks and our business practices have come a long way in the last twenty years, and we’re excited to see what’s coming next!