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According to reports from both the New York Times and Politico, the Obama Administration plans to announce new CAFE regulations tomorrow that will finally reconcile both federal and state standards. The plan is expected to combine California's strict emission rules with the federal rule, raising the national fleet mileage to around 42 mpg for cars and approximately 26 mpg for light trucks by 2016 – an increase over the current standards of 27.5 mpg for cars and 24 mpg for trucks.

The administration set a self-imposed deadline of June 30 to grant California's request to impose the state's standard to the federal CAFÉ regulations, and according to the NYT, the auto industry isn't expected to challenge the new rules as they finally set both a definitive time table and a national standard. Politico is reporting that the Obama Administration sat down with several states and a number of domestic and foreign automakers to discuss the standard, including Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, BMW and others. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to attend the announcement on Tuesday, at which point all the hard details will be released.

[Sources: NYT, Politico | Image Source: Alex Wong/Getty]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      My Civic can get 43mpg going 75+. It's a stick and fun to drive if I flog it. Efficiency advances could give cars better mileage if they were lighter. If foreigners can do it better so be it. But I foresee people just holding on to their increasingly durable current cars.
        • 6 Years Ago
        cars arent getting lighter due to more airbags, larger wheels, more electronics, more steel reinforement, etc. Cars arent getting heavier just because automakers get a kick out of adding mass. Government and consumer demands have made cars heavier. If we took cars back to 80s levels of comfort and safety all cars would lose a few hundred pounds.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Your Civic doesn't have an EPA combined rating anywhere near 42 mpg.
      • 6 Years Ago
      CAPTION: Take me to your leader
      • 6 Years Ago
      I guess there will be no more 500HP CTS-V's or M3's, or even STi's, or anything at all.
      • 6 Years Ago
      its tough. but i think they can address by innovative ways of thinking.

      Examples :

      1) EVs and range extenders

      2) New engines using the waste heat also ( a sample idea :http://yankandpaste.blogspot.com/2009/05/np-stroke-engine-and-active-stoke-cycle.html )

      3) New battery technologies ( example today i was reading on the Lithium sulphate technology which can increase range 500% - so example if they apply this technology on volt, the range is going to be : around 200 miles ) and no emissions

      This should be the purpose of DOE funding for advanced technologies. They should give money and time for new technologies and eliminate old technologies from road.
      • 6 Years Ago
      (Warning the following is me "thinking out loud")

      Let's see.

      Currently all of the car companies are struggling with sales, so money for research has gone down.

      The new rule for roof strength doubling is going into effect (with is either going to result in more weight to strengthen the pillars (less mpg) or higher cost material (most likely this one, which is not going to help sales).

      CAFE is doubling the required fleet mpg for cars. In less than a decade. Which means in order to have the cars ready to sale that can meet those standards, they need to be developed probably in the next few years. Which from my first thought, they don't have as much money coming in to develop this technology.

      Hybrids are probably how the car companies are going to accomplish this, but they are not selling well (most likely due to the higher price and longer time before you start to get a ROI).

      Hmmmmm. Fascinating.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Exactly why government regulation doesn't work.

        No matter what you do, you are violating one regulation or another, or the regulations require impossible things, like negating the laws of physics.

        The fun thing is, once the regulations are on the books, it is much harder to get people to vote to repeal them... Which is why it is not supposed to be ultra-easy to impose all sorts of regulations.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If there isn't a secret agreement to support these new CAFE numbers with a gas tax and CO2 fee, I will be a monkey's uncle.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Secret? It was announced last week. $15 billion if I recall...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Okay, now raise the national speed limit to 100mph daytime, 80mph nighttime
      • 6 Years Ago
      What better way to put the final nail in the coffin.

      Thanks, O!
      • 6 Years Ago
      CAFE rules are much of the reason our domestic carmakers are in the dumper now.

      Americans prefer big cars with power while the government is trying to force us into Trabants with bad laws. Best to let the market take care of this because when gas prices rise, people voluntarily choose economy cars and no goofy CAFE law is necessary.

      What will ultimately happen is that Obama & Co. will slap a huge gasoline tax on us to encourage the purchase of economy cars and suck in tax money to buy votes from left wing advocates of everything stupid. That's the secret to Democrat success, right?
      • 6 Years Ago
      It'll be interesting to see what counts and what doesn't count toward CAFE under the new standards. At one point, the EPA was NOT going to allow pure electrics in a manufacturer's mix when computing CAFE. Without those, increasing effeiciency by more than 50% in profitable vehicles will be a real challenge. Then again, when you're government owned and operated, who cares about silly things like profit?
      • 6 Years Ago
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      • 6 Years Ago
      eb110americana,

      I'm curious, where can I find CAFE ratings broken down by model like you have for those Toyotas? It would be easier to interpret this standard if we knew how current cars rate using the 1984 metric. Fueleconomy.gov offers data with current EPA ratings and some earlier standard as well, but it doesn't appear to be the 1984 standard.

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