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Keeping Current CAFE Standards Saves Owners Big Cash

New study shows car owners save thousands.

by on Sep.08, 2016

A new study shows that keeping the current CAFE standards for 2022-2025 will save car owners more than $3,000.

A new report from Consumers Union, the publishers of Consumer Reports, said retaining the current corporate average fuel economy, or CAFE, standards paves the way for buyers of 2025 model cars and trucks to save thousands of dollars during the life of their vehicle even if fuel prices hold steady.

Vehicle owners will average net savings total approximately $3,200 per car and $4,800 per truck, if the current standards for 2022-2025 remain in place, according to the study. If gas prices rise from today’s historically low levels, the savings would rise to $5,700 per car and $8,200 per truck, the study said.

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Shannon Baker-Branstetter, Energy Policy counsel for Consumers Union, which has long been a proponent of CAFE standards, said retaining the standards will help save consumers not only money on operating costs, but also protect consumers against future price shocks. (more…)

Toyota “Staying the Course” Towards 54.5 MPG CAFE Target

“Eventually,” says auto chief Carter, $4 gas “will come back.”

by on Jan.14, 2015

Toyota's Bob Carter said Americans need to be prepared for a return to $4 gas in the future.

Enjoy cheap gas while you can, says Bob Carter, the head of U.S. automotive operations for Toyota. Like all good things, it “eventually” will come to an end.

The collapse of gas prices was the talk of the North American International Auto Show during this week’s media previews, and senior industry officials universally said that this unexpected shift has both its benefits and challenges.

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Consumers have more money to spend, but they’re also asking for the sort of big, powerful vehicles that could make it difficult to meet the upcoming, 54.5-mile per gallon Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE, standards that will take effect in 2025. (more…)

EPA, DOT Aim for 54.5 mpg by 2025

How will automakers meet these new rules?

by on Nov.17, 2011

Automakers could build more electric vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf to offset gas-powered vehicles. New fuel economy rules for the 2017-25 model years introduced Tuesday are projected to save nearly $6,600 worth of fuel per vehicle, offset by an extra $2,000 per car in new technology to improve fuel economy.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Transportation unveiled their joint proposal that increases fuel efficiency requirements to 54.5 mpg if all reductions were made through fuel economy improvements.

The improvements would save consumers an estimated average of up to $6,600 in fuel costs over the lifetime of a 2025 vehicle for a net lifetime savings of up to $4,400 after factoring in related increases in vehicle cost. Overall, the net benefit to society from this rule would total more than $420 billion over the lifetime of the vehicles sold in from 2017-25, the government said.

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“Today’s announcement is the latest in a series of executive actions the Obama Administration is taking to strengthen the economy and move the country forward because we can’t wait for Congressional Republicans to act,” according to the release.

But the National Automotive Dealers Association said that the new standard could end up hurting the environment.

So what will these new vehicles be like and what technologies will automakers use to reach these goals? Here are some predictions:

Marchionne Issues Warning About China

Chrysler CEO says industry can meet 54.5 mpg mileage rules.

by on Aug.03, 2011

Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne at the 2011 Management Briefing Seminars - notably shedding his trademark black sweater for a more Summer-friendly polo shirt.

China’s fast-growing automakers pose a direct theft to the more established automotive order, Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne warned during an appearance at an annual automotive gathering in Northern Michigan today.

But the Canadian-educated executive said he is more confident than many that the industry will be able to meet the newly-approved 54.5 mpg Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE, standard – and without having to make a major shift to electric propulsion.

“We cannot afford to be unprepared for the ascent of China.   Even assuming China were to export only 10 percent of what it produces, the risk we face in our home markets is enormous,” said Marchionne, during an appearance at the annual Management Briefing Seminar, in Traverse City, Michigan.

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“The excuse that we did not understand or that we underestimated the scale will serve no purpose.  Rather we need to continue to work to make our industrial base more competitive, because the day of reckoning is inevitably coming,” he said, taking aim at the seeming complacency of companies such as General Motors, Daimler AG and Volkswagen AG, all of which have grown to depend on the Chinese market.

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California, Federal Regulators Agree to a Single Mileage Standard

Final decision expected by September 1.

by on Jan.26, 2011

A formal proposal for the 2025 CAFE standard is expected by September 1.

Facing the prospect of opposition from the new, Republican-controlled House of Representatives, federal regulators recently announced a delay in setting out proposed new fuel economy standards – which many have expected to push as high as 62 mpg by 2025.

But at least one challenge to raising the numbers appears to have been overcome.  The Department of Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency – and the State of California – have all agreed they will speak with one voice, rather than releasing their own proposals and then trying to work out a very public compromise.

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Whatever the number, the government agencies involved in updating the Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE, standard plan to make their unified announcement by September 1.

“By working together with EPA and the California Air Resources Board to develop standards for the next generation of clean cars, we can set a standard that works for automakers across the country,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

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Loopholes in Proposed CAFE Rules Under Attack

As gas prices rise, Public Citizen criticizes industry credits.

by on Oct.22, 2009

As always, the devil will be in the final rule details after lobbyists shape the regulations.

As always, the devil will be in the final rule details after lobbyists shape the regulations.

“The auto industry must not be allowed to compromise The Obama administration’s fuel economy, and greenhouse gas standards,” says Lena Pons, Policy Analyst of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch Division.

Under the proposal, which was announced with great political fanfare last September, automakers would have to raise the average gas mileage across their fleets to 35.5 miles per gallon and reduce carbon dioxide to 250 grams per mile by 2016.

The exact regulations that would put this in effect are now part of a complex rulemaking process at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which is expected to go on until next spring.

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Therein lays the controversy, as lobbyists for the industry seek special exemptions for vehicles that will undermine the intent of the program. Pons says that the proposal must be improved before it is finalized because it offers auto manufacturers too many opportunities to evade proposed fuel economy gains.

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President Obama Endorses Tougher National Emissions and Fuel Economy Standards Tomorrow

Automakers lose as Administration imposes the California Greenhouse Gas rule nationally that effectively raises mileage requirements by more than 25% in the short term.

by on May.18, 2009

President Obama with house majority leader Steny Hoyer, D-MD, and house speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CAca

Raising the fuel economy standard for automakers avoids once again a much tougher political choice of raising the price of fuel paid for by voters.

President Obama will announce tomorrow that he is requiring new national standards on auto greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy that will drastically increase the mileage required for new vehicles sold in the U.S.

The White House and the EPA declined to confirm this, but widespread news reports citing people who were briefed on the new plans leave little doubt that the gridlock caused by auto industry lobbyists on imposing higher mileage standards is about to be broken.

Under the new standard, the national fleet mileage rule for cars would be more than 40 miles a gallon in 2016. Light trucks would have to meet a fleet average of slightly than 26 miles a gallon by 2016.

Back in March, the Department of Transportation (DOT) issued new fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks for the 2011 model year. They raised the industry-wide combined average to 27.3 miles per gallon, a 2 mpg increase over the 2010 model year average, as estimated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which is part of DOT and is responsible for fuel economy regulations. The car standard for a 2011 is an average of 30.2 mpg. The 2011 light truck requirements average to about 24.1 mpg    (more…)