As tighter restrictions from the EPA become more of a reality with each passing day, automakers are doing their best to lower vehicle emissions. Sometimes it isn’t only about engine downsizing and turbocharging though.
Much like how General Motors has put many of its latest models on a diet to reduce weight, and raise fuel economy, GM has been looking for other sources to earn the EPA’s good graces. GM has now filed for EPA credits concerning its new air conditioner compressor, according to Automotive News. The more-efficient air compressor was outfitted starting with the 2013 Cadillac ATS, but has now been paired with GM’s full-size trucks, including the Chevrolet Silverado.
The EPA credits work as currency for automakers. Once the EPA tallies up an automaker’s carbon footprint, the credits earned may offset the amount of carbon-dioxide emissions from the automaker. Hybrids and electric vehicle are major offsets to earn automakers emission credits.
Each minor step in technology can be greatly helpful when looking at the larger picture, though. The EPA seeks to cut carbon-dioxide emissions in half by the year 2025 from 2012 levels.