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The majority of vehicle shopper support increased fuel efficiency standards

The Consumer Federation of America recently released a report that it calls the first progress report on the 54.5 mpg fuel efficiency standard. According to the CFA, consumers are demanding more fuel-efficient vehicles. According to the poll, the majority of Americans support federal government requirements increasing fuel economy for new cars.

“Looking at current market offerings, consumer purchasing trends and our surveys of consumer demand, there is no doubt that the federal effort to significantly raise fuel economy is benefiting, consumers, car companies, autoworkers and the environment”, said Jack Gillis, report co-author who is CFA’s Director of Public Affairs and author of The Car Book.

Those federal regulations stipulate that new cars achieve 35 mpg fleetwide average by 2017 and an average of 55 mpg by 2025. 85% of respondents to the survey said that they support these requirements with 54% saying they strongly support the standards.

Fuel efficiency is highly sought after when it comes to purchasing new vehicles with 88% respondents to the survey saying that in their next vehicle purchase, fuel economy will be an important factor and 59% say fuel economy will be a very important factor influencing the purchase.

Survey respondents who say fuel economy is very important to them expect their next vehicle to get 12 mpg more than the current vehicle. Consumers who already have a relatively efficient vehicle getting at least 24 mpg the intended purchase a new vehicle in the future want at least a seven mpg increase putting their desires at approximately 31 mpg.

The survey also found that 50% of respondents who said they intend to purchase an SUV want fuel efficiency of at least 25 mpg.

“These results should lay to rest any concerns that some car dealers had about consumer demand for more fuel efficient vehicles,” said Gillis.  In spite of the support of car companies, unions, consumer and environmental groups, the National Automobile Dealers Association was the only major entity opposed to the new requirements.

Source: ConsumerFed

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RE: Well...
By Spuke on 5/8/2013 2:37:24 PM , Rating: 3
Uhhh yeah. Now you're moving the goal posts. You said PERFORMANCE CAR not normally aspirated sports car. I mentioned the Accord as an example that you can get a performance car without even getting the tag performance car (14 flat in the 1/4 is a performance car...sorry). Do you even know that there's family sedans with 250+ hp on the market? Sports cars with 300+ hp? As BRB mentioned there's PLENTY of performance. And whoever rated me down is an ignorant idiot (had to mention that). Also, nearly all of those cars you listed were from 15-20 years ago?? WTF is that? The article only mentions 2005 as the earliest date for their data so we're only talking about recent cars not old one's and that makes sense because our supposed preference for better fuel economy in cars is only recent.

RE: Well...
By Mint on 5/8/2013 4:08:55 PM , Rating: 1
You're absolutely right. It's amazing how affordable and commonplace high performance cars have become.

Once EVs and PHEVs start becoming more commonplace, performance is going to have an even lower incremental cost. Doubling horsepower in a combustion engine needs far more raw materials, cooling, fuel consumption, etc than doubling it in an electric motor. EVs will eventually make performance upgrades have no compromises and much more common.

RE: Well...
By Spuke on 5/8/2013 7:06:27 PM , Rating: 3
EVs will eventually make performance upgrades have no compromises and much more common
Well, no. EV's geared towards performance will always require a larger battery aka more energy storage. This will require performance cars to weigh more or weight will be removed to offset the weight gained from the higher capacity battery. Range would also suffer. So, there's always going to be compromises, EV's or not.

RE: Well...
By Mint on 5/9/2013 6:02:11 AM , Rating: 1
EV's geared towards performance will always require a larger battery aka more energy storage.
Not necessarily. Right now manufacturers are just playing it safe with these batteries and electronics. A123's production batteries could do 2600W/kg, so 200kg of them (20kWh) can give you 700hp peak (10s), or 400hp continuous. Substituting them in for 20kWh of a typical battery pack would only add a little more weight, if any. Even those typical batteries will probably get this good in a few years.

The power density of batteries became good enough for performance cars a long time ago. People use lithium ion batteries for RC helicopters, where power to weight is even more important. They want 500+ W/kg for the machine overall, while a Gallardo has <300 W/kg.

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