Automakers' compliance with CAFE may cost 150,000 jobs.
Corporate Average Fuel Economy
Don't tell the EPA it can't be done.
Automakers may need to invest another $1,500 or so in midsize sedans in order to meet 2025 fuel-economy standards.
Consumer Federation says 2025 CAFE standards are "achievable" and that automakers are making progress.
The US federal government might think about loosening the CAFE fuel-efficiency requirements for 2025.
Automakers lobby to get federal government to offer fuel-economy credits for safety features.
UPDATE: A previous version of this story referred to Ferrari's 7,000 global sales as approaching the 10,000-unit threshold of the CAFE system. This is incorrect, as only US sales contribute towards CAFE totals. Ferrari also offered clarification on the company's CAFE status within Fiat Chrysler's fleet. The post has been edited to reflect this information.
Johnson Controls executive Brian Kesseler isn't likely to get any holiday presents this year from Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn or Tesla Motors head Elon Musk, but lots of other folks might be happy with what he has to say about automakers' efforts to reach stricter fleetwide fuel-economy standards.
Ricardo Plc appears to be adhering to an "it takes a village" approach to ratcheting up US fleetwide fuel economy levels to the higher Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards the federal government set for 2025. Last year, the US government finalized the new CAFE standards, which call for increasing fleetwide fuel economy starting in 2017 and ending at 54.5 miles per gallon (about 40 mpg in "real world" terms) by 2025.
Consumer Reports isn't wearing quite as rosy a pair of sunglass as the federal government is about the savings prospects for US drivers once stricter fuel economy standards take effect in model year 2017. Still, the publication says drivers will save a few thousand dollars worth of gas during the lifetime of their vehicles.
Americans are moving past the days of screaming eagles and big pick-ups. That's what the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) says, and it has the survey results to prove it.
Plug-ins may be getting a lot of the attention from folks looking to cut emissions, but no one is forgetting the good old-fashioned turbocharger. In the end, turbos might even have a far larger impact.
Now that car buyers are starting to accept hybrids and EVs, there's more willingness to consider other green car technologies, including diesel, CNG and hydrogen. But the road to wider acceptance – and affordability – is being slowed by a lack of infrastructure and overlapping state and federal regulations that are sometime are at odds with one another.
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.
The average fuel economy number for new, light duty vehicles sold in the US reached an all-time high of 24.1 miles per gallon in October, up from 23.8 mpg the previous month, according to a report released by the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute.
A downward-revised Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standard and a push away from electric-drive vehicles and towards alt-fuel types such as natural gas may be some of the transportation measures in store if Mitt Romney beats Barack Obama in the US presidential election next month, Automotive News reports. A removal of tax credits for electric-vehicle buyers could also be on the table, says Hybrid Cars.
So before we get into having stricter fuel economy standards that will save Americans as much as $1.7 trillion at the pump, let's spend some more money studying the issue a little more, shall we?