US Senator Carl Levin, D- the State of Cars, will be offering an amendment to the proposed new fuel economy regulations next month that would provide a way out for carmakers. Under the new proposal, carmakers that commit to power using alternative fuels or new powertrains on all their cars by 2020 would be exempted from the new rules.
In principle it's an interesting idea but as always the devil is in the details. Rather than leaving the car companies completely free of the new requirements perhaps they should have a slightly lower requirement. The other big question is what happens if the companies make the commitment and then don't follow through? What kind of penalties will be put in place? We'll have to wait and see the actual proposals when they're released.

[Source: Automotive News - Sub. req'd]


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