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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.

Source: The Detroit News

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RE: consumer choice
By Keeir on 2/14/2012 7:27:37 PM , Rating: 3
If we do nothing but build V8 SUV's and Hummers until it happens, its too late. Its quite simple really.

But we don't. V8's are now the least produced engine (I4, V6, V8)

Consumers are constantly reacting to higher prices. GASP! And we didn't have to have the government force the manufacturers to artificially raise prices further on those nasty V8s!

Its called planning.

Not really. You made a bunch of random statements in support of sweeping policy actions. I am pretty sure its called rabble rousing.

I am not in favor of CAFE specifically, but at least can see why to try and that is all my post meant.

That is called being in favor of something, to think that it should be "tried" over available alternatives.

RE: consumer choice
By retrospooty on 2/14/2012 9:25:32 PM , Rating: 2
You need to get laid really badly dont you?

RE: consumer choice
By Spuke on 2/15/2012 12:21:44 PM , Rating: 2
You need to get laid really badly dont you?
You really need a brain, don't you?

RE: consumer choice
By Keeir on 2/15/2012 1:31:39 PM , Rating: 2
by retrospooty on February 14, 2012 at 9:25 PM

You need to get laid really badly dont you?


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