Willis is a manufacturer of EPA Smartway Verified Technology.
Government Support Programs for APUs
Smartway Transport Partnership
Status of Non-Idling Laws
- In 2004, EPA launched SmartWaySM— an innovative brand that represents environmentally cleaner, more fuel efficient transportation options.
- SmartWay brand identifies products and services that reduce transportation related emissions. The SmartWay brand signifies a partnership among government, business and consumers to protect our environment, reduce fuel consumption, and improve our air quality for future generations.
- All of EPA SmartWay transportation programs result in significant, measurable air quality and/or greenhouse gas improvements while maintaining or improving current levels of other emissions and/or pollutants
- The SmartWay Transport Partnership helps progressive companies and organizations recognize that they can improve their bottom line and the environment at the same time.
- As a SmartWay Transport partner, the EPA helps calculate environmental performance, set improvement goals, and calculate cost savings. And, when you meet your goals, you receive industry and public recognition.
- Idle reduction is one of the most effective ways to reduce pollutant emissions (especially locally) and improve fuel economy. As a result of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the authority for this effort now rests with EPA and DOT.
- DOE has for at least a decade carried out cooperative research and development to characterize and address the reduction of fuel use and emissions during idling of heavy-duty engines. In 2002 it began a study of diesel truck engine idle-reduction technologies, called the Advanced Vehicle Testing Activity (AVTA).
- One of the most successful programs is the EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership, which is a “collaborative effort between EPA and industry designed to create a demand for cleaner, more fuel efficient transportation.”
- SmartWay includes idle reduction as part of its overall program objectives. EPA has provided $5 million in grants for 84 projects nationally to fund a variety of Truck Stop Electrification (TSE) and APUs. The advent of new regulations such as the CARB regulations for PM reduction on APUs installed on 2007 heavy duty trucks may require R&D programs funded by DOE to develop additional technologies, which may be deployed in other states.