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Cleaner Motorcycles for a Small Cost

Two of my favorite subjects are in the news today: motorcycles and the environment. The USEPA issued a final rule for motorcycle emissions.

The USEPA placed limits on motorcycle emissions, which produce more harmful exhaust per mile than cars or large SUVs. The plan is to cut about 54,000 tons of hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides per year from motorcycle emissions. Hydrocarbons react with nitrogen oxides and sunlight to form ground-level ozone, a key component of smog.

These regulations were first proposed last year, and starting in 2008, the rules should save about 12 million gallons a year of gasoline escaping from fuel hoses and fuel tanks.

The rules also implement improved technologies such as secondary air injection, electronic fuel injection systems and catalytic converters in 2006. Manufacturers of motorcycles, small scooters and mopeds will be required to reduce emissions 60 percent.

When fully implemented in 2010, the rules are expected to add $75.00 to the cost of an average bike.

Printer friendly page Permalink Email to a friend Posted by J. Craig Williams on Wednesday, December 24, 2003 at 09:18 Comments Closed (1) |
 
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