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Fuel-consumption limits for HCVs to go into effect in July

BEIJING – The Fuel Consumption Limits for Heavy-Duty Commercial Vehicles (First Phase) will go into effect on July 1, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) on December 31, 2011.

The Limits, aimed at alleviating the problem of high fuel consumption of HCVs, has been in circulation in the industry for comment since October 24 and will apply to gas and diesel-powered trucks, semi-tractor trailers and buses weighing more than 3,500 kg.

Major fuel consumption requirements include:
•    Buses (not including city buses): 12 tiers ranging from 14L-33L per 100 km. (those for gasoline powered buses will be multiplied by a factor of 1.3, rounded to 1 decimal point).
•    Trucks weighing more than 2.5 tons: no more than 33L per 100 km.
•    Heavy-duty trucks: 15.5L-50L per 100 km (those for gasoline powered trucks will be multiplied by a factor of 1.3, rounded to 1 decimal point).
•    Semi-tractor trailers:  38 L-56L per 100 km.

The release and implementation of the Limits may actually benefit heavy-duty vehicle manufacturers as sales of vehicles not meeting the new requirements may see a spike before July. It may also benefit upstream engine and key component manufacturers in grasping advanced commercial vehicle powertrain technologies.

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