New US Fuel Economy Plan: Win, Lose, or Draw?
May 28, 2009 1:31 PM Subscribe
posted by filthy light thief (85 comments total)
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Car companies were facing a variety of efficiency and emission standards throughout the United States, from the Department of Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency, On May 19th, and then an even stricter emission standard from California and 13 other states (plus DC). On May 19th, President Obama announced nation-wide new vehicle fuel efficiency standards
for new cars and trucks through 2016. The goal is to rapidly increase fuel efficiency,without compromising safety, by an average of 5, culminating in 39 MPG for cars and 30 MPG for light trucks. Currently, no auto makers are meet the final standards
, though some are closer than others.
Car enthusiasts say this is the end of "fun cars,"
and point out air conditioning improvement short-cuts
that would achieve the required goals. Environmentalists say this won't change enough
. The EPA says the unified standard is welcomed by the auto manufacturers
because it provides regulatory certainty and predictability and includes flexibilities that will significantly reduce the cost of compliance (partially due to the fuel efficiency score covering an automaker’s entire fleet
). Other people point out though the new standards are better than the old ones
, the auto fuel economy goal was reachable a decade ago
, and still SUVs are classified as light trucks
. Then again, why wait for new standards when you can start hypermiling today
? It's not limited to hybrids