The 2012 Presidential election is in the books and those in swing states must be looking forward to the absence of countless campaign ads. However, those with their eyes on electric vehicles and reduced emissions from automobiles may be looking forward to what the President's second term in office has in store.

So what of the future of the auto industry? Perhaps the initiative with the most immediate impact is the continued pursuit of the Corporate Average Fuel Economy standard of 54.5 miles per gallon for cars by 2025. Some dealers have voiced displeasure with the added price of making these vehicles more fuel efficient. Additionally, a new challenge is ensuring those standards are actually met and automakers are reporting fuel economy numbers properly – a reality recently experienced by Kia and Hyundai. Still automakers in general approve of having clear standards to which they can refer.

The President's re-election should see the returned attention to electric vehicles as well. This year, Obama proposed an increase in the tax credit for electric vehicles, from $7,500 up to $10,000, in the pursuit of 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015.

Another area where regulation will be pushed is in vehicle safety, where the Obama administration will seek to require all new vehicles to have a backup camera by 2014. Other regulations may be pursued in the area of navigation and advanced digital displays, and the safety impact of this rapidly progressing technology. With no reelection to concern him, Obama will likely double down on efforts to see through these initiatives in fuel economy and electric vehicles.


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      omgcool
      • 2 Years Ago
      The back-up camera mandate is dangerous (and in my opinion, idiotic). Have there been studies that provide evidence that they're any safer? I expect many to have an increasing reliance on screens and will miss the bigger picture of what's actually happening behind the vehicle. I was cringing as I was with my sister backing out of a busy parking lot...she didn't once look behind her. I am all for reverse cameras as they really are convenient at times; but to dictate that they be in every vehicle is foolish, and expensive, and I expect will become unpopular. I voted Obama (despite not being democratic), but this is just dumb. Audible reverse sensors would be a much better start.
      domingorobusto
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nothing good. He will continue to force automakers into incorporating unnecessary technologies into already overpriced cars. He will continue to piss money away by shoving technologies out the door long before they are ready for mainstream consumption. Electric vehicles are a good thing and should be developed, but I shouldn't have to damn well pay to subsidize them. He will continue to make the US's energy situation worse and worse, making it harder on every auto enthusiast. Every policy Obama has had a hand in has been detrimental to the American auto industry, and I expect it to get far worse before he's finally gone. Thank god for two term limits.
        mapoftazifosho
        • 2 Years Ago
        @domingorobusto
        Then I shouldn't have to pay to subsidize your gas for your truck or sports car... More gas isn't the answer to our gas problem. Diversity of energy infrastructure is!
          turbomonkey2k
          • 2 Years Ago
          @mapoftazifosho
          You DON'T Subsidize the gas for my truck OR my sports car. Abandon your creepy baseless religion already.
        Grendal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @domingorobusto
        Been watching too much Fox News and listening to talk show hosts with their own agenda.
          domingorobusto
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Grendal
          Yep, because everyone with a dissenting opinion is a shill for Fox News and a drinker of conservative talk show host Kool-Aid. Not someone who has studied the issues at hand and forms their own opinion based on their own analysis. I believe, based on historical trends, that Obama has made very bad decisions and pushed detrimental policies, and that he will continue to do so. Believe it or not, I am an alternative energy supporter and a strong proponent of electric vehicles. I am not however a supporter of uninformed government interference in industry (and nobody in DC has the slightest understanding of any technical issue) and the premature and costly forcing of technology before it has been properly developed, nor am I a supporter of tax payer subsidies for technologies that are not fiscally viable in a stagnant and limping economy. I believe that a conservative approach is required in a time of economic hardship, that conservative approach being a relaxation of regulation so that cheaper and more fiscally viable technologies can be put into place to allow the recovery of a flagging economy, not spending money to force fiscally unsound technologies down the public's throat when they have no money to spend on technologies that are not yet properly developed. Obama is pushing good technologies out before their proper time when we can not afford to do so. I was not overly thrilled with Romney. I personally wanted Herman Cain. But Romney would have been better than Obama for the auto industry. And I could say that you have been watching too much CNN and listensing to a different set of talk show hosts with their own agendas, but that is a weak argument and one I won't make. For the record, I dispise all of the TV news outlets and 99.99% of the radio outlets. They all have their biases which they all stridently and annoyingly yell.
          Grendal
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Grendal
          You say you are not influenced by radio or TV but you said that electric cars are "subsidized." In what way is allowing someone a tax credit (keeping the money you earned and not giving it to the governement) a subsidy? The people I mentioned use that wording to imply that the governemnt is "giving" money to people and companies to buy an electric car. That is untrue and misinformation. No electric car company has received a subsidy either. They were given loans that they are expected to pay back. The loan program (ATVM) was created by G. W. Bush to promote American business and technology to help wean the country of foreign oil. The exception to the subsidy would be the bailout of GM. They were given money. GM does not make an EV though. I apologize for being rude in my first comment. You wrote a well thought out and lengthy response and I appreciate that. I do think that the government is constantly involved in business. Lockheed, Haliburton, McDonnel-Douglas, and Boeing are just a small sampling of businesses that receive money from the government. The government is all about spending money. Both parties love to do it. They just spend on different things. Democrats and Republicans love to spend our money equally from what I've seen.
        Grendal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @domingorobusto
        See you mention how you want the US's energy situation to improve, then mention how you don't want to pay for change. Kind of a contradiction there and you don't see it.
          Grendal
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Grendal
          Actually, I'm pro nuclear. It's very costly up front but inexpensive on the back end. As for cars, I think electric is the way to go. Currently more costly, but in the long run the only way to be energy independent. Natural gas, coal, and gasoline are all finite resources that create a dependence that would, in the long run, put us back in the same position we are in now. I can buy solar panels to power my vehicle daily. I cannot dig for coal, get natural gas, or an oil well myself to power whatever I use to get to places. No other way gives me the freedom that electricity can and does. Thanks for the thoughtful discussion.
        Spec
        • 2 Years Ago
        @domingorobusto
        http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_md3yheXa841qbwtr5o1_500.gif
        icemilkcoffee
        • 2 Years Ago
        @domingorobusto
        "He will continue to make the US's energy situation worse and worse" Oil production has been going up every year under Obama (it was going down every year under Bush). Oil importation went down under Obama. Oil consumption went down under Obama. If he continues with his energy policies then I would say it's a great thing for the country.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @icemilkcoffee
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        Bradford
        • 2 Years Ago
        @domingorobusto
        You started off with some good points, and then you just got crazy.
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        Gypsi
        • 2 Years Ago
        The 47% are mostly elderly, military, and poor people. A good chunk of republicans btw. So I urge you to clean the poo out of your brain.
          Spec
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Gypsi
          The heavily Republican southern states are home to most of the 47%. http://www.theamericanconservative.com/where-do-the-47-percent-live/
        amtoro
        • 2 Years Ago
        Today, cars have a great number of systems and devices that came to be because of past regulations that were also fought at their time. Would you buy today a brand new car and confidently drive it as you do, if the car came with the minimum safety equipment of 25 years ago? Sure they were cheaper, but they didn't have passenger-side mirrors, ABS, airbags, retractable or rear seat belts, anchoring points for a child seat, emergency fuel cut-off, impact resistant fuel tanks, collapsible steering columns, crumple zones, headrests, tire pressure monitors... go further back in time, and the glass on the windows was not even tempered, safety glass....
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wonderful, I get to pay for someone's obamacar, which got rushed to market and will likely catch fire. They can use their obamaphone to turn on their obamacar and use their obamacamera to back out of their driveway and down to the casino to cash in their obamafood stamps, which they don't have to work a day to be eligible for anymore, or drive to McDonalds and get fatter so I pay more for their obamacare.
        Daniel D
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        From the down votes looks like no one Obamacares about your obamaopinion
        FreeThinker
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        Interesting. In less than 4 years the extreme right--or Repugnicans--have turned the tables and became the self-entitled, whining bed-wetters of our society. Life didn't turn out to be like the "Father Knows Best" and "Leave it to Beaver" episodes they watched as kids. They feel entitled to something more, just because. But it was actually their parents and grandparents who persisted through the Great Depression and World War II. Those earlier generations endured poverty, war, and even racism for some, yet they earned their surburban homes with humility and plenty of hard work. The next gen grew up surrounded with all their parents trappings and assumed they deserved it, were entitled to it, and that it would always be there. No group has whined and belly-ached more over the course of this latest Great Recession. What happened to the big retirement and summer home they were entitled too? Bah-humbug. Pull up your boot straps and get back to work. Compared to our grand-parents and great grand parents, this group is a shameful disgrace. I put myself through college and made my own money, then I lost plenty of it during the recession. But I know for a fact it wasn't the President's fault. Did I sit around blaming everyone for my situation? No. I hit REBOOT. I humbled myself, started a business from the ground up with almost nothing, and got to work. There's a sign in our sign that says it all: "NO WHINING.".
          FreeThinker
          • 2 Years Ago
          @FreeThinker
          Oops, a sign in our home that says it all: "NO WHINING."
        Stix
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        Keep on crying about absolutely nothing for the next 4 years, little girl. Your salty tears are highly amusing.
        Army Casualty
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        Amen brother. I ran into a liberal yesterday who swore up and down Obama is the candidate of personal responsibility, and will solve America's problem of wanting free handouts. Such backwards delusion, I was incredulous. People are so ignorant all over the place. It is really frightening, that in this day and age of ease of access to knowledge and higher learning, that we are becoming dumber by bypassing the fundamentals, such as experience, history, and common sense. Propaganda is being spread as quickly as knowledge by our modern tech, and fools are eating up the propaganda like it's half-price day at Golden Corral.
      david
      • 2 Years Ago
      The auto industry like all industries will be burdened by even more insane regulations and government miasma. However the gloating of you vermin is dangerously premature given we still have a huge majority in the house and retain the ability to filibuster any of his nonsense in the senate. The enemy should realize that while they have mobilized enough parasites to keep him in office he is largely impotent beyond the relatively small power of executive orders. You still hate us and be more than rest assured we still hate you, nothing has changed, and the division will only intensify especially with the fiscal cliff fast approaching.
        Burabus
        • 2 Years Ago
        @david
        it's cool bra, don't be a sore loser.
        Mark A Golden
        • 2 Years Ago
        @david
        people like you are dangerous and counter productive to this country's progression. Hate is poison
          IBx27
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Mark A Golden
          The 'progression' is poisonous to my country.
        tump
        • 2 Years Ago
        @david
        At least when we gloat, we don't accuse everybody of being un-American terrorist traitors.
      Justin
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sorry, I don't want to pay a forced donation for someone else's electric car to meet a quota. If you want one, pay for it yourself.
        FreeThinker
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin
        A forced donation? Really? From YOU? What did you pay in taxes last year? $3.67? Of which $0.00001 will go to DOE programs? Get over yourself. I'm one of those higher earners who pays a little more, but you don't hear me WHINING like a little child. If the oild companies can take my tax money every year (actual dollars here), then I'm glad to have a few pennies go to new energy programs. How do you think the oil industry spread so quickly and kept gasoline prices low here?
        RoyEMunson
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin
        That is such a small piece of the pie its almost not even worth mentioning unless it supports some kind of twisted agenda or attempts to distract from much bigger issues. So which one is it?
          Jason Krumvieda
          • 2 Years Ago
          @RoyEMunson
          Small pieces add up rather quickly, if you don't get that you should move to France.
          RoyEMunson
          • 2 Years Ago
          @RoyEMunson
          @jason Im not talking about each 7500 dollar credit... im talking about the entire program. Get it?
        brotherkenny4
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin
        But subsidizing massive industry with historically high profiits is okay, correct? Lets not forget too, that we get to send some people to their deaths for the protection of the source. It makes our masters angry when we don't consume the prescribed consumables. Okay, now everybody, it's time for the two minute hate.
        Kuro Houou
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin
        You really helping pay for all the research and development that goes into electric cars. The tax incentives help those automakers sell cars, which in turn helps them develop better and more efficient cars. Because you know what, one day you will own something just like one once we stop using gasoline in cars or have to use very little of it. So yeah, I don't mind a little of my tax money going to these automakers.
      Claud
      • 2 Years Ago
      Don't look at me........I didn't vote for him...........
      scott3
      • 2 Years Ago
      What it means is More regulations Higher car cost More disagreements by many over the bail outs Higher gas prices More lost money on Green companies with little oversight. More backing of the UAW and other unions. Less drilling on public lands We all will have a higher tax bill in the end. [at least for those of us who pay taxes] No matter if you think these things are good or bad it is what we will see. Oh and we will be driving more smaller cars and only a few more electrics unless someone finds a way to a better battery. If we do not create better batteries the electric car market will stall out unless the ICE/Electric cars get cheaper. No agenda here just what we will see. The POTUS and his appointed people have made it clear they support unions over buisness, Less drilling, Higher energy cost and more goverment hand outs to companies that do not have to answer to anyone. I sure some will not like this post but it can be backed up with the last 4 years and with what has been stated to the public by the appointed people in these the overseeing branches. Not much anyone can do now but sit back and watch to see where this all ends up. If the economy comes back strong it may not have as much impact as it could. But at this point 2% or less growth is not going to cut it as we need 4% or better. With the Fiscal Coming it will be had to see much growth. The market today responded with that they think with 300 plus points loss today. I hope for all of us I am wrong but we just can't tax the wealthy enough to get out of this mess. Once people find they can vote the treasury the goverment is doomed to fail no matter what party. This was going to be a tough year no matter who was elected. As of now it is in the potus's hands and he will no longer be able to blame anyone else. It is time for him to own the economy and present a budget even that at least the Democrate will vote for.
        Brodz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @scott3
        You sound like a head-in-the-sand kind of guy.
        Lachmund
        • 2 Years Ago
        @scott3
        would you read a book and wake up please
        • 2 Years Ago
        @scott3
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          Jason Krumvieda
          • 2 Years Ago
          All of this coming from the guy that opposes war but votes for a guy that supported late term abortions.
          Jason Krumvieda
          • 2 Years Ago
          Way to jump on the "blame fox news or Rush bandwagon" Regardless of who you like to blame (and your party is really good at doing that) Obama voted for late term abortions.
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          Jason Krumvieda
          • 2 Years Ago
          WMB (not BMW backwards), You are not ultra conservative, if you were you would have humility. Abortion is a state issue and it should be handled like that. Is that one of the items that Obama voted "present" when he was a senator. Gay marriage is a tough one too, Obama was against and now 4 years later (to get votes) he changed his mind. It is also a state issue, if they are a liberal state that needs the extra revenue and the people vote it in, then fine with me. It takes actually doing the job to change government and no amount of campaigning and speeches and golf games are going to change that. He actually has to go to work now. If he doesn't he will ruin it for the next Democrat.
        clquake
        • 2 Years Ago
        @scott3
        I'm curious, if they drilled for more oil, where would they refine it? The gas companies don't want to build any more, so it doesn't matter if they drill more oil, it'll just be exported.
          Grendal
          • 2 Years Ago
          @clquake
          Bingo. Oil prices are driven by OPEC and oil companies sell where they can make the most money. Everywhere else in the world is twice the price as the USA.
      mycommentemail
      • 2 Years Ago
      Uggh. I hate it when AB throws up these non-stories looking for a bunch of clicks and comments to drive their advertising budget (and look... here I am falling for it). All these posts are are bait for pulling in trolls of all kinds. Obama won (full disclosure: this makes me very happy - I lost many a weekend volunteering on his behalf), but the gloating pisses me off. The best comment I have seen on Facebook is from my tea-party brother in law who congratulated our commander in chief. That was very classy. Some of the worst comments I have seen are from fellow Obama supporters engaging in a lot of schadenfreude. This is a very divided country and stories like this are written to draw out the worst in us, on both sides. Sad.
        ishmaelcrowley
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mycommentemail
        I voted for Roseanne myself. There were many other candidates, but I agree with your comment.
      eblondmdboy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      When antibiotics were first introduced it was considered evil horrible and people said was against the church. I got a ride in a Chevy Volt the other day. The owner uses no FUEL in 8000 miles. He gets free charging at work and its faster than a BMW off the line. Fund to drive, ultra quiet and well built. The problem is the government has to give tax incentive because American people don’t know what is good for them. The federal government provides the oil industry with tax breaks and massive corporate welfare handouts, so gasoline is artificially cheap for American consumers. So when you buy gas you are giving you money not only to greedy corporations but taking tax dollars with it. You are also giving your money to the Arabs and other countries overseas. It’s time to bring energy production back to the USA in the form of electricity. The electric car is here folks and it just getting more and more popular. The oil companies are scared they are creating articles how electric cars are catching fire. Fact: not one Volt, leaf or Tesla has caught fire in consumer hands. So that means they are safer than gas cars. Fisker has had some issues however but soon to be corrected. I challenge everyone here to Drive one for a week and you won’t go back to a old fashion gas car again.
      luigi.tony
      • 2 Years Ago
      It means NOTHING for the Auto Industry. The Union socialist mob however will continue to get money funneled into their banks, so they can later be used in Democratic campaign funds.
        Grendal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @luigi.tony
        And just like multi-millionaires and billionaires funneled money into the Romney campaign. That's politics ,and both sides do it.
        Grendal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @luigi.tony
        By the way, is that you, peter nixon/knodoctor/thor petersen?
        rlog100
        • 2 Years Ago
        @luigi.tony
        The only people continuing to get money funnelled to them is wallstreat. Over $4 trillion of quantitative easing was poured into there.
          luigi.tony
          • 2 Years Ago
          @rlog100
          Yes, time to investigate Timmy Geithner.
        Grendal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @luigi.tony
        Wow. You also went out of your way to give yourself lots of thumbs ups? You are truly a sick human being/troll. Please see a doctor about your problems immediately.
      Kuro Houou
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is great news, we needed someone who would ween us off gasoline and it wasn't going to be Romney. Better mpg is better for everyone, better for automakers as they make better cars for us to buy off of them, better for buyers as we have to buy less gas and better for the environment as less CO2 goes out our tailpipes. I can't wait to see what Automakers come up with next, innovation is good, it had been stagnant for to long.
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