A proposal put forward recently by Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich to provide a way out of new fuel economy requirements for carmakers if they committed to using alternative powertrains on all their cars by 2020 appears to have died on the vine. It looks like there is little or no support for the idea in the Senate although Levin may propose a revised version of the bill at some point.
As usual all the supporters of the beefed up standards are more than willing to make the politically expedient move of raising the requirements. However, no one seems willing to step up and do something to ensure that oil prices remain at a sufficient level to ensure demand is there from consumers for the higher mileage vehicles.

[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req'd]

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