SAE 2014 Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress

October 7-9, 2014

Rosemont, Illinois, USA

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Phase II - Medium and Heavy Duty Vehicle Update on Fuel Efficiency Regulations

Andrew Brown Wednesday, October 8th from 4-5:30 pm
Room 44/46/48

In 2015, the U.S. automotive manufacturers will celebrate 40 years of compliance with NHTSA-mandated Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. Future proposed rules through MY2025 will see significant increases compared to the first 40 years, with many hybrid electric, battery electric, low carbon-content fuels, and other strategies necessary to achieve the 2025 standards.

By comparison, beginning in 2014, medium- and heavy-duty trucks sold in the U.S. are subject to a new HD National Program, supported by EPA, NTHSA and the State of California, with the first rule applicable to MY2014-2018. Due to the variability in chasses, separate emission-certified engines and aftertreatment systems, extremely different intended uses, and incorporation of components, that are not regulated; the fuel economy and CO2 certification process for HD vehicles is significantly different from CAFE and will need to challenge conventional wisdom in commercial trucking.

At the request of Congress, the National Research Council, under the National Academies has assembled a Committee on Approaches and Technologies for Reducing the Fuel Consumption of Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles. The Committee published its interim report in April 2014, which provides insights into the initial 2014-2018 rule and recommendations to NHTSA and EPA as they embark on the next phase in rulemaking for such vehicles.

Dr. Andy Brown, chair of the committee and one of the coauthors of the report, will discuss the conventional wisdom that will need to change going forward if significant reductions in fuel consumption are to be achieved by such medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.

Dr. Andrew Brown, Jr., PE, FESD, FSAE, NAE

Dr. Andrew Brown, Jr. is Vice President & Chief Technologist for Delphi. His career spans over 40 years and includes leadership assignments at Delphi, General Motors and Allied Signal. Currently, Dr. Brown leads Delphi's corporate innovation and technology initiatives on a global basis.

Dr. Brown serves on the Deere & Company Global Technology and Innovation Advisory Council (GTIAC). He was a member of the Capstone Focus Group for the DOE Quadrennial Technology Review and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Energy and Environmental Sciences Directorate.

Dr. Brown is chair of the National Research Council (NRC) Board on Energy and Environmental Systems. He is a past president of SAE International. For 2013 and beyond, he is the Section 8 Search Executive at the National Academy of Engineering.

He is Editor of these recent books: Active Safety and the Mobility Industry, Green Technologies and the Mobility Industry and Connectivity and the Mobility Industry.