RVIA Economic Impact Study

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association commissioned an Economic Impact Study on the RV industry, released on June 7, 2016. The study found that the RV industry contributes about $49.7 billion in economic output or 0.28 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Through its production and distribution linkages, the industry impacts firms in 426 of the 440 sectors of the United States economy.

Nationwide, the industry is responsible for 216,170 jobs, both directly and inderectly, creating an economic impact of $37.5 billion. The full study results, along with each individual state and congressional district's economic impact is available on the website by clicking here .

Cummins Backs California Bill to Encourage Clean Fuel Use

Wed Aug 29, 2018
Author: RV News Staff

Cummins joins 60 other companies and organizations in urging California Gov. Jerry Brown to sign a bill that would encourage more big rigs powered by clean fuels to operate on California highways and roads.

Assembly Bill 2061, sponsored by Democrat Mike Gipson, would help improveme air quality in disadvantaged communities, which are often heavily impacted by polluting diesel trucks weight limit by a small percentage.

Current law restricts the gross vehicle weight of trucks to 80,000 pounds. Because the energy storage and fuel delivery systems for zero emission and near-zero vehicles are currently heavier than diesel tanks, the restriction means that fleet operators who use cleaner technologies must carry smaller payloads, creating a huge disincentive for trucking companies to make the switch.

Gipson's bill, which passed out of the General Assembly nearly unanimously (76-0 in the Assembly and 37-1 in the Senate) would increase the weight limit to 82,000 pounds.

In 2015, the federal government passed the FAST Act, allowing a 2,000-pound exemption for cleaner heavy-duty vehicles on the federal interstate highway system, and required states to provide reasonable access for these heavier vehicles. Since then, 27 states, including Texas and Mississippi, have passed legislation to encourage the use of clean trucks.

The bill is co-sponsored by CALSTART, the California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition, and San Diego County Disposal Association. The coalition supporting the legislation was diverse, ranging from Tesla to Cummins to Southern California Edison to the California Trucking Association.

AB 2061 addresses a critical barrier that could have prevented the State of California from achieving its greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, supporters say.

A letter signed by 60 companies states, “Heavy-duty vehicles are the most concentrated source of the state’s annual emissions from the transportation sector, causing 23 percent of transportation emissions while making up just 3 percent of the vehicles.”

“AB 2061 will enable the use of cleaner fuels in the trucks that are backbone of the California economy," says CALSTART President and CEO John Boesel. "Allowing big rigs to operate on cleaner fuels will provide significant air quality benefits to low income communities that are often impacted by heavy truck traffic.”

Read the full letter HERE.