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How Automakers Will Get to 54.5 MPG

Battery cars are only part of the answer.

by on Aug.29, 2012

At 47 mpg, the new Ford C-Max will be one of the market's most efficient vehicles. But it still has a long way to go to meet the new 54.5 mpg CAFE standard formalized this week.

When Ford launches its new C-Max hybrid microvan later this year it will deliver a solid 47 mpg in the EPA’s combined city/highway test, making it one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles on the road. Yet that’s still about 15% short of the target the White House has set for the auto industry with the new mileage standards that will be phased in between now and 2025.

Most major automakers signed onto the compromise regulations announced last year and officially released on Tuesday. But most echo John Krafcik, the CEO of Hyundai Motor America, who admits “We don’t yet know how we’ll get there.”

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Electrification will almost certainly play a role, in some form or another.  But don’t expect to see America switch to battery cars, most industry analysts contend.  The technology will likely remain too limited and too expensive over the next dozen years – and the infrastructure just won’t be there, contends Jim Hall, of 2953 Analytics.

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White House Locks Down 54.5 MPG Fuel Economy Standard

“Single most important step” to reduce dependence on foreign oil, says President.

by on Aug.28, 2012

The new mileage standards appear to have solid public support -- especially as gas prices resume their upwards surge.

Bouncing back from an unexpected delay, the Obama Administration today formalized a more than 50% increase in federal automotive fuel economy standards.

Even with automakers struggling to meet the 2016 Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE, target of 35.5 miles per gallon, the industry will now face a 54.5 mpg goal for 2025.  That figure is the result of extensive debate between industry, environmentalists and government regulators.

But there had been questions raised, earlier this month, when the White House unexpectedly delayed the release of the official rules.  The 2025 CAFE proposal, like much of Pres. Barack Obama’s energy policy, had come under fire from a Republican party set to formalize Mitt Romney as its presidential nominee this week.

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“These fuel standards represent the single most important step we’ve ever taken to reduce our dependence on foreign oil,” the President declared in a statement accompany the release of the new mileage regulations.

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Three in Four Motorists Ready to “Consider” Alt-Fuel Vehicles

New study confirms fuel economy now the most important factor for U.S. car buyers.

by on May.22, 2012

Motorists say they're very open to alternative powertrain technology. Will that bode well for the new Toyota RAV4-EV?

This year’s near-record run-up in fuel prices has clearly had an impact on the choices American motorists are making when it’s time to buy a new vehicle – in fact, three in four U.S. drivers now say they’re ready to consider an alternative-fuel vehicle, according to a new study.

While many motorists still aren’t ready to trade in their roomy SUVs for high-mileage subcompacts — at least if recent sales are considered — there’s little doubt that there are significant changes underway in the American car market, with fuel economy now a much more important factor than vehicle quality or safety, according to research by the non-profit Consumer Reports.

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“These results make it clear that high fuel prices are continuing to impact driver behavior and influencing future purchase considerations,” said Jeff Bartlett, Consumer Reports deputy auto editor. “While quality, safety and value are still important, this may be foreshadowing a market shift by folks seeking relief at the pump.”

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Reports Says Obama’s Fuel Economy Increase to Save $69 bil Annually

NRDC notes surge in high-mileage models already on the road.

by on Apr.20, 2012

With its high-mileage EcoBoost engine, a new study says the 2012 Ford Explorer is already savings owners $1000s on gas.

The recently-enacted 54.5 mile per gallon fuel economy standards will save American motorists an estimated $69 billion annually, according to a new report that suggests the Obama Administration’s push for improved fuel economy is already saving many drivers thousands of dollars.

With a big jump in fuel economy scheduled for 2016 and another by 2025, the Natural Resources Defense Council, or NRDC, stressed that the auto industry is already rolling out a substantial number of new, higher-mileage products that are not only saving consumers money but reducing dependence upon foreign oil.

The report, titled, “Relieving Pain at the Pump: Thanks to Stronger Standards, Consumers Have More Fuel-Efficient Choices”, noted that the number of subcompact cars sold in the U.S. market getting at least 30 mpg has tripled since 2009, to 15.

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The number of midsize models rated 25 mpg jumped from just six in 2009 to 10 during the 2012 model-year.  Meanwhile, the count of crossovers getting at least 20 mpg, meanwhile, has doubled, to 32.  And the report stresses that fuel economy is rising rapidly across the automotive market.

“Drivers today have twice the fuel-efficient car options than just three years ago,” said Luke Tonachel, senior vehicles analyst at the Natural Resources Defense Council. “The technology — and fuel savings — are only going to improve thanks to even stronger efficiency standards.”

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White House to Issue First-Ever Mileage Standards for Big Trucks

Semis, heavy-duty pickups and even fire trucks will be covered.

by on Aug.09, 2011

Semis, like this Navistar rig, will be targeted for a 23% improvement in fuel economy.

Having reached a compromise that will nearly double the fuel economy of the typical passenger vehicle over the next 14 years, the Obama Administration is now taking aim at some of the nation’s biggest gas-guzzlers.

The White House is scheduled to announce first-ever fuel economy standards for big trucks – which could mean cutting gas consumption by as much as 23% by 2018.  The rules, which will be announced later today, will cover everything from 18-wheel semis to garbage and fire trucks – as well as the heav-duty versions of pickups like the Ford F550, which aren’t included in the mileage rules announced late last month.

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Administration officials expect the new rules to more than pay off in terms of reduced fuel bills – while also slashing the production of greenhouse gases and other noxious emissions.  Preliminary estimates indicate vehicles meeting the new standards will ultimately save about 530 million barrels of oil which, at anticipated prices after the current economic downturn, could be worth more than $50 billion.

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Support Building for Obama Mileage Compromise

Industry, labor, political and environmental leaders lending support in advance of White House announcement.

by on Jul.28, 2011

The typical passenger car would have to deliver 56.2 mpg by 2025, but trucks would get slightly less.

While details are being withheld until tomorrow’s formal White House announcement, there’s a growing consensus building for the apparent compromise on the nation’s future fuel economy standard – one potentially major opponent signaling it is ready to sign on.

Reports that Toyota would oppose the proposed increase in the U.S. Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE, standard “are not accurate,” Group Vice President Bob Carter tells TheDetroitBureau.com. “Toyota is not going to fight the administration’s proposal.”

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Separately, a well-placed company official said it would be a self-destructive move for “the Prius company,” to try to scuttle the compromise that is expected to call for passenger cars to meet a 56.2 mile per gallon mandate by 2025.  To bring the industry onboard, President Obama apparently accepted a reduced 54.5 mpg target for pickups and other light trucks.

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Obama, Automakers Agree on New Mileage Rules

Announcement expected at White House on Friday.

by on Jul.28, 2011

President Obama is expected to announce a compromise on fuel economy standards during a Friday White House news conference.

The contentious debate over the nation’s future fuel economy standards has ended, industry leaders and government regulators reportedly coming up with a compromise that President Obama is expected to announce at the White House on Friday.

The changes, according to inside sources, will provide the industry a bit of breathing room on the light truck side – though not by much.  The compromise is expected to call for the industry to meet a target of 56.2 miles per gallon with passenger cars and 54.5 mpg for light trucks by 2025.  Currently, automakers are aiming for 35.5 mpg in 2016.

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The new rules are expected to call for a two-stage phase-in, with mileage for passenger cars rising 5% annually while light trucks would see fuel economy climb 3.5% a year from 2017 to 2021, then by 5% through 2025.

Administration spokesman Jay Carney confirmed that the changes to the Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE, standard is expected to save jobs and improve market demand while also reducing oil consumption and pollution.

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White House May Back Down on 56.2 MPG Fuel Economy Proposal

Compromise could mean lower requirement for light trucks.

by on Jul.15, 2011

President Obama during a visit to Detroit.

Compromise seems to be the watchword for the White House, and even as the president continues to seek consensus on a bill raising the federal debt limit it appears the administration might also aim for an acceptable alternative to the 56.2 mpg fuel economy standard it floated several weeks ago.

While already below the original proposal of 62 miles per gallon in 2025, the numbers still didn’t add up for most automakers.  Only Hyundai, of all major manufacturers, had indicated its belief it might even be able to come close.  Industry lobbyists gained a strong ally in their fight in the form of the United Auto Workers Union, which argued that a significant increase in the Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE, standard could cost potentially 100s of thousands of jobs.

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While Washington still appears to be set on the 56.2 mpg number for passenger cars, which would be a 5% annual increase over the 2016 standard of 37.5mpg, it is now raising the possibility of a reduced standard for light trucks.  A report in the Wall Street Journal quotes sources who say the requirement for SUVs, pickups and other trucks would climb only 3.5% annually.

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