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35 mpg by 2020. Sounds simple, right? Well, it sounds simple unless you're an auto industry engineer who needs to help build a bunch of cars that achieve that number. But to the rest of us, those are some pretty easy-to-remember numbers. Still, how do we get from where we are today (a corporate average fleet economy of 27.5 mpg for cars) and that magical 35-by-2020 number? This is a problem that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the White House need to resolve, for n

Now that the energy bill and its attendant fuel economy standards has been passed here in the U.S., it looks like the Canadian government wants to officially adopt the same standards. Canada has never actually had fuel efficiency standards of its own but in 2007 committed to implementing one. Since the Canadian auto market is so intertwined with the U.S. but the sales volumes are only about one tenth of America's, car-makers have traditionally just taken vehicles designed for U.S. regulations, s

Not that there was any real question, but the 35 mpg CAFE deed is now done. President Bush signed the huge new energy bill into law this morning, and that means that automakers will need to have the average fleet economy of new vehicles reach 35 mpg by 2020. We don't need rehash the history of this repeatedly-weakened bill once again (see previous posts here and here if you need a recap); let's just be thankful that the 35 mpg standard survived all the backing down. And the Detroit News mention

This afternoon, the energy bill that requires 35 mpg by 2020 CAFE handily passed Congress. After passing in the Senate last week, the first increase in average fleet fuel economy in 32 years sailed through the House of Representatives 314-100. The auto industry's best friend in Congress, Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., "was key to a compromise on vehicle efficiency increases," as the AP put it. As we mentioned, part of that compromise meant stripping out tax provisions for renewable energy requireme

Forget MPG, just pull into a gas station with your Tesla Roadster and smile....

Almost all NEVs in the U.S. are limited by law (and thus by a setting in the car) to 25 mph. In some areas - Montana, for example - the laws are being changed so that these little commuter cars can go 35 mph. But, just because the law changes doesn't mean that the car magically upgrades its top speed. No, for that we'll need to turn to Electric Cars Are For Girls' upgrade guide, written exclusively for ZENN vehicles.

Over on the Toyota Open Road blog, VP Communications Irv Miller has put a post calling on Congress to pass a comprehensive energy bill this session. In particular, Toyota wants the US Congress to pass the Hill-Terry fuel economy standards. That's the same proposal favored by the domestic automakers that would raise the fleet average to somewhere between 32 and 35 mpg by 2022. That's weaker than the bill passed by the Senate last June that would require 35 mpg by 2020. While it's not as tough as

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