President Obama recently announced plans to define fuel economy regulations beyond 2016. He briefly outlined a new plan that would regulate the mileage requirements of cars and light trucks through 2025 and medium- and heavy-duty trucks through 2018. The overall goal of his plan is quite simple: create a national, long-term standard for fuel economy and emissions.
A year ago, the White House led the effort to get automakers' Corporate Average Fuel Economy to 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016. Although the number was eventually pegged at 34.1 mpg, it will actually be slightly lower because of other non-automotive credits that will be applied. One might have thought automakers would still be grousing the work that needs to be done, but in fact they encouraged the federal government to go further, and so it has: the White House began working this week on setting
Fuel efficiency has been a hot topic as of late, both for consumers looking to ease their financial and environmental burdens and for automakers hoping to meet the latest round of government-mandated mileage requirements. A few months ago in late March – importantly, that means the survey was conducted before the major disaster and oil spill in the Gulf – the Consumer Federation of America found that most U.S. citizens support a major shift towards increased fuel mileage standards.
Following the lead of the U.S., Canada has chosen to employ a fuel economy regulation program for the first time ever, and the numbers are virtually identical to ours. The differences between the two countries' programs are so minute that you could essentially say Canada copied our new Corporate Average Fuel Economy guidelines that require automakers to achieve a fleet average fuel economy of around 35 mpg by 2016. Prior to this, Canada had some emissions guidelines, but didn't require complianc
News of new CAFE regulations that would push mileage requirements up significantly came just days ago. The numbers are set and automakers will have to aim high, sort of, to hit the target of 35 miles per gallon by 2016. Several reports have stated that meeting these goals will add an average of $985 to the price of a new car by 2016. Estimates have also come in showing that automakers will spend a staggering $51.5 billion over the next five years to meet the new requirements. So, what's the real
We knew it was coming. Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency jointly released new Federal CAFE fuel mileage and greenhouse gas emissions requirements that will cover the 2012 through 2016 model years. The estimated fleet-wide fuel economy standard has been set at 34.1 miles per gallon by 2016, though improvements in air conditioning systems will bring that number up to around 35 mpg. That equals a standard of roughly 250 grams of carbon
Bosch has long been a major supplier of many different automotive components to Fiat, and the company is hoping to leverage that association with the new Chrysler. Bosch provides a higher proportion of the parts and systems that go into the Italian cars than they ever have had at Chrysler. However, as new upcoming Chrysler vehicles move to Fiat-based platforms (and, presumably, powertrains), Bosch parts may further infiltrate Auburn Hills.
One of the most persistent questions around the Chevrolet Volt - aside from whether or not GM will be around long enough to build it - is the fuel economy rating. The problem arises from the unique combination of plug-in electric drive and internal combustion range extender. The current standard test cycles used by the EPA for purposes of calculating the mileage of internal combustion cars are only 11 miles long for the urban cycle and 10.3 miles for the highway. Both of those distances are well
The average cost for Detroit's Big Three automakers to meet the proposed fuel efficiency targets of 31.6 miles per gallon by 2015 has been pegged at $30.6 billion. In contrast, the average cost for the Japanese automakers sits at less than half that amount at "only" $14.85 billion. These numbers come courtesy of a recent study by Global Insight. In a real shocker, General Motors alone is expected to pay out $15 billion alone. Why the disparity? Simple: the Japanese brands already offer more fuel
When Transportation Secretary Mary Peters announced the first draft of new fuel economy standards last month, the increases actually appeared to exceed those mandated by recent energy bill. Of course a closer inspection of the rules indicated that they weren't all they appeared to be. Because the rules mandated fuel economy based on the footprint of an individual vehicle, there existed an incentive for carmakers to stretch the wheelbase and track of vehicles so that they wouldn't have to achieve
According to a new poll of Michigan residents, they don't think that holding back on raising fuel efficiency and emissions standards will help the domestic automakers. Instead most people think the industry that employs (at least for now) so many of them needs some tough love. Two-thirds of households that include people that work in the business and seventy-two percent of all people in Michigan think an increase to 40mpg would benefit GM, Ford and Chrysler. Forcing the automakers to increase fu
The Washington Post
reports nine U.S. states are suing the administration of George W. Bush for being too soft on future fuel economy
standards. The lawsuit calls it unconscionable that the Bush administration is not requiring greater fuel economy for
light trucks. The 1.9 mile-per-gallon increase is considered to be insufficient to curb our energy use in a significant
way. In addition, it seems a couple of loopholes have snuck in with this tightening fuel economy standard that could