The EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are targeting 24 percent in added reduction of carbon dioxide emissions and fuel consumption for school buses and other medium- and heavy-duty vehicles over the next decade with new Phase 2 rules to cut greenhouse gases and improve fuel economy.

The new standards published Tuesday are part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to cut more than 1 billion tons of CO2 over the life of the vehicles and save 2 billion barrels of oil consumed. Rather than blanket regulations for all types of vehicles, as was the case with phase 1 rule for 2014-2018 vehicles, the latest regulations are vehicle specific.

EPA said payback of additional vehicle purchase costs from fuel savings is estimated at about four years for vocational vehicles, which include school buses. EPA added that this category of vehicles represents approximately 17 percent of the fuel consumption and GHG emissions from all medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.

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