Low volume vehicle manufacturers may soon find it easier to have their products approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Congressman John Campbell (R-Calif.) has introduced the "Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturer's Act," which aims to introduce a regulatory system specifically designed for companies that build fewer than 1,000 vehicles per year. Currently, it's difficult for boutique carmakers to shoulder the burden of safety and emissions evaluations tied to bringing a new vehicle to market. The bill, which has bipartisan support, would make it possible for the Environmental Protection Agency greenlight low-volume cars and trucks that use engines that have already been EPA-certified in other vehicles.

That would allow small carmakers to skip the costly exercise of having their creations subjected to emissions evaluations. The legislation also has provisions for alternative-fuel powerplants, which would theoretically make it easier for green-car startups to take to the roads. The bill is also being advocated by the Specialty Equipment Market Association.


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      Worx2749
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can finally say I agree with a Republican on something.
        stclair5211
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Worx2749
        so by default you are ok with Obama? Fake stimulus, illegal bailouts, dirty loan deals, obamacare, massive deficits, massive deficits, more deficits? And massive spending and DEFICITS?
      Ducman69
      • 3 Years Ago
      Excellent. Far too much government stifling innovation as it is. While we're at it, work with the European Union, Mexico, and Canada to create a unified standard for vehicle testing. It makes no sense in this global economy for manufacturers to have to jump through ten different hoops for ten different standards, and hurts the consumer via extra costs passed on to them and limited vehicle selection.
        Quen47
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        Hear hear! Such a waste of $$$ for automakers to have to certify to two completely different standards. I can't believe the major manufacturers haven't spent more energy lobbying the US and EU to merge standards
      CarCrazy24
      • 3 Years Ago
      Love it, John campbell is my local congressman, and I'm glad he saw the need for boutique manufacturers to be protected...probably from seeing all the Ariel atoms in SoCal
      whofan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Fewer than a Thousand? Thats awfully nice of them. They should give them a real break and make it ten thounsand. One thousand isn`t that much unless said manufacture is only selling in one state like California.
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good news. LS3s for everyone!
      stclair5211
      • 3 Years Ago
      1000 is too small.
      Jim R
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is AWESOME.
      Krazeecain
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, I had a similar idea as well, to introduce safety/emissions exemptions for low-production companies. I'm delighted to hear this may become a reality! :D
      Xedicon
      • 3 Years Ago
      YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      They should cut the number to 500 and put some kind of price cutoff on. Because otherwise, you could make a boutique ultra-high end luxury car maker (think Maybach) under the program even though the pricing of those types of cars can easily support the engineering required to meet emissions and safety standards. The goal would be to allow small, strapped car companies to make cars, not to make it so the ultra-rich can pollute more than the rest of us.
        Mundotaku
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        " which aims to introduce a regulatory system specifically designed for companies that build fewer than 1,000 vehicles per year. " Read next time please. There is a difference between brand and company. Maybach isn't a company, it is a brand of Mercedes Benz.
        Kumar
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        Either way, it still works. Develop the engine for either Maybach or Benz and they both get to share the tech for a reduced cost. Why test the same engine used in two cars that have a different nameplate?
      Dane Grant
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can think of two things.... a. The mega-rich who buy cars like the Bugatti will be exempt again.... or b. A wave of limited production companies could give us 1,000 per year Peugeot, Seat and Renault and call them something completely different..... Kind of like Gray Market cars from the mid-eighties, but more of a free for all... Bad plan.... REJECT, let's get working on the economy again Mr. Campbell
        Xedicon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dane Grant
        Um... You did catch the bit where the powertrain has to already be EPA approved right? This isn't a free pass to shove anything under the hood you want. If a manufacturer who makes less than 1,000 units a year wants to use their own powertrain, they still have to get it EPA approved. Either way EPA approval is the only way a certain powertrain is going into any new car sold in the US.
        IBx27
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dane Grant
        You must be a flaming liberal to think this directly gives the rich a break. It just means that when they fork over $600,000 for a supercar, it makes 800hp instead of 200 with a hybrid system.
      kevsflanagan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sweeet! I'm still mind blown by the fact it was started by a Californian congressman. Thought all of them were Enviro-Nazi's.. guess I'm proven wrong which I like.
        s.andreasson
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kevsflanagan
        A California Republican is NOT like the democrat socialist environmental whackos.
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