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Automakers still say some goals are impossible and will cost more than Obama and his team think

The Obama Administration is pushing hard for massive increases in fuel economy standards in the U.S. over the coming years. Obama and his team want to overhaul the fleet wide fuel economy standards in an effort to save drivers money at the pump and to reduce our need for foreign oil and reduce pollution.

The problem with the plans that the Obama Administration have for automakers according many of the carmakers is that the goals are impossible to reach in the time frame being outlined. 
The Detroit News reports that Obama and his administration are still working to reach an agreement on the next round of increased fuel efficiency standards for the 2017-2025 time frame.

David Strickland, head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said, "We're still grinding through. Everybody understands the stakes."

In early November, the administration outlined its proposal to increase the fleet wide fuel economy standards by 2025 to somewhere between 47 mpg and 62 mpg. The cost to reach those goes is expected to add about $779 to $3,500 more to the price of each vehicle sold. Automakers – including the big three in Detroit and Toyota – have stated that the goal of 62 mpg is simply impossible and have filed objections with the government to the plan.

Strickland said, "We're clearly going to have to get a more narrower range."

The administration is working to answer key concerns that consumers and automakers alike share. These concerns include how the proposals might cut sales of vehicles and how the safety of vehicles will be impacted if the weight of cars and trucks are reduced in an effort to improve economy. The administration is working to come to some sort of agreement because if California doesn't like the plan it can set its own standards by 2016.

Strickland said, "California has the ability to go first and we're in conversations … to keep the national program together."

Automakers maintain that the Obama administration isn't understanding the cost increases that will result from being forced to comply with the increased fuel efficiency standards and that the plan doesn't figure the effect that fuel prices have on car sales as well as overstating the consumer benefits. The carmakers maintain that the costs to meet the goals would not be recouped through fuel savings by consumers.





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