Automakers Request Changes to Proposed Fuel Efficiency Standards
February 14, 2012 11:50 AM
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The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers asked that some credits be given to automakers that improve technology to meet 2012-2016 requirements
The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers approached the Obama Administration earlier this week to request the use of credits to meet the proposed
fuel efficiency standards
Last year, major automakers, the state of California, and the White House agreed on the new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) proposal that would
boost fleet wide fuel economy to 54.5 mpg by 2025
. The effort aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lessen the country's dependency on foreign oil. The new rules also included a mid-term review to make sure that the 2021-2025 requirements are probable, which the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers also addressed this week.
The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, which represents Toyota Motor Corp., Detroit's Big Three automakers and eight other automakers, has requested that carmakers obtain some credits for improving technology to meet 2012-2016 requirements set by the new fuel efficiency standards proposal instead of automakers only receiving credits if they are "in use in a minimum percentage of its overall fleet."
"Providing this program feature in the earlier years improves the usefulness of the credit program and encourages manufacturers to introduce the listed technologies sooner," said the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers.
More specifically, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers would like automakers to obtain some credits for improving active grill shutters, start-stop technology, air conditioning and high efficiency lights for the 2012-2016 technology requirements.
The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers also asked that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) explain the mid-term evaluation process as well as the specifics that will be reviewed. In addition, automakers want to know that the "timeline and procedures for assuring that the studies relied upon by the agencies are appropriately peer reviewed."
Automakers added that they shouldn't be held responsible for emissions from electricity generation from EVs.
"Automakers may now be called on to not only make an unprecedented investment into vehicles with lower emissions, but to also fill the void between this rulemaking and a comprehensive national energy policy," said the automakers.
The new rules are expected to save drivers $1.7 trillion at the pump, but the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) said last month that the new proposal
could add as much as $5,000 to the sticker price
of a new vehicle in 2025.
The Detroit News
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RE: consumer choice
2/14/2012 1:05:18 PM
Meanwhile, while government micromanages the car industry, Navistar, entirely of their own according based on consumer desires and market forces, is starting to join others in building natural-gas powered engines for trucks, in coordination with an agreement with Flying-J and that other national truck stop chain (name escapes me at the moment) to start a mass deployment of nat-gas refueling terminals.
Googling for the news, I see the media is now attaching it to a tax break for nat-gas powered commercial vehicles Obama recently announced, but what I'd read prior suggested this was in the works before Obama jumped on the bandwagon (which really was just during his State of the Union).
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