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Support announcements could be made today

The deliberations between Washington and the automotive industry have been fierce when it comes to agreeing on the new CAFE standards for automobiles. The automotive industry still maintains that he cost to implement the tech to reach the CAFE standards proposed by 2025 will cut sales and cost jobs in the automotive market.

However, it looks like Washington and Detroit are near to making a deal, as five of the top automotive manufacturers (Chrysler, GM, Ford, Honda, and Hyundai) are ready to back a slightly reduced fuel economy standard by 2025. The original CAFE proposal had the fleet wide fuel economy average at 56 MPG by 2025 and the new reduced standards are 54.5 MPG.

However, the new plan also has other stipulations. Earlier this week DailyTech reported that Detroit was looking for reduced standards for light truck and work trucks. Washington is willing to deal according to the Detroit News. The new plan will see the fuel efficiency on light truck going up 3.5% annually from 2017 to 2012 -- in 2022-2025, the economy standards will go up by 5% anually.

There is also a plan to make special rules for work trucks as was requested by Detroit. An official in the Obama administration said, "We are encouraged by the strong, positive feedback we are receiving from many companies and look forward to wrapping up the discussions in the near future."

Announcements of support for the new plan could come as early as today reports The Detroit News. There hasn’t been word from the environmentalist camp in California that was strongly supporting higher CAFE standards. If California isn't happy, they still have the power to set their own standards within the state.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said, "This is not easy, but the companies are being very cooperative. Frankly, everyone is working 24-7. These deliberations are going on somewhere between 12 and 18 hours every day for the last several days … I think we will get there."

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RE: I don't get it
By Reclaimer77 on 7/27/2011 4:19:18 PM , Rating: 2
What huge breakthroughs do you see happening in the next 15 years that could possibly allow for these kinds of fleet-wide efficiency standards?

I'll tell you what, the same kind of "breakthroughs" that Europe had. Tiny cars, tiny turbo diesels, and mass transit. Because anything else will be nearly impossible to provide to the masses.

Here's the breakthrough I'm seeing. Hopefully 10 or 15 years from now people will look back at the disaster that was 2008-2012 and strike down CAFE or at least seriously curtail it's intrusion into the free market. We cannot maintain our way of like with these standards, and in 15 years it's my dearest hope that common sense will finally rule the day, not agendas.

RE: I don't get it
By Reclaimer77 on 7/27/2011 4:27:38 PM , Rating: 2
edit: like=life.

RE: I don't get it
By Zoomer on 7/28/2011 10:59:00 AM , Rating: 2
People will just find it more attractive to hold on to old cars, which are less safe, less fuel efficient, and MORE polluting.

Good job.

Cars today with PZEV are a joke when many have these old cars that probably put out more crap than a few thousands PZEVs.

RE: I don't get it
By mindless1 on 7/28/2011 10:50:18 PM , Rating: 2
I hold onto my oldest car because it's nearly free to do so. It doesn't get driven much so annual repair and maintenance costs are under $200, but it's handy to have a spare around should another vehicle be out of service for repair or accident/etc reasons.

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