Policy update

Final Phase 2 China fuel consumption standard for commercial HDVs

In February 2014, China’s Phase 2 heavy-duty vehicle fuel consumption standards were finalized. The final rule remains unchanged from the late 2012 proposal by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). It stipulates limits on fuel consumption for new commercial trucks, dump trucks, tractors, coaches and buses with gross vehicle weight over 3,500 kg. The standard takes effect on July 1, 2014, for new type approvals and on July 1, 2015, for all new heavy commercial vehicles (except certain specialized vocational vehicles) sold in China. A separate rule must still be finalized to specify details of how import vehicles will be brought into compliance.

This policy update summarizes the major aspects and provisions of the regulation.