All cars and light trucks may have met a 56.2 m.p.g. standard by 2025. The Obama administration met with the big three car makers a week ago to talk about the possibility. The strategy would mean increased costs for cars, but supporters say the difference would be made up by customers at the pump. But some say the plan is too ambitious.
Large Three All Meets
Ford, Chrysler and General Motors all met with the administration officials in private meetings to discuss a program. Automobiles would have a $2,100 average increase with the new standard. That is about how much additional you will pay for a car after changes are made. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in association with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, will publish the proposed rule by September 30.
Requirements for 2016 Around
There is a compromised figure. That is all it is. By 2016, car manufacturers have to get to 35.5 mpg already. Standards need to range between 47 mpg and 62 miles per gallon between 2017 and 2025. This is what the Environmental Protection Agency and Transportation Department considered acceptable. The new standard would expect a huge improvement. Every intervening year, a 5 percent improvement could be necessary.
Increased Specifications Expected by Environmentalist Groups
Environmental groups want the increased requirement of 62 miles per gallon. Roland Hwang, transportation program director at the Natural Resources Defense Council, said, “Fifty-six mpg, while not as ambitious as the level we have been advocating, is a doubling in fuel efficiency from today’s average passenger vehicle and would cut drivers’ fuel bills in half.”
The Safe Climate Campaign’s director at the Center for Auto Safety, Dan Becker, believes, “It is not just the number that matters. It’s the loopholes underneath it. And automakers will look to turn whatever number it is into Swiss cheese.”
Vehicles would need to be gas-electric hybrids though if they were to really meet the 62 mpg.
Auto Dealers Discover the Plan ‘Overly Ambitious’
The 56.2 mpg figure isn’t a realistic one according to National Automobile Dealers Association spokesman Baily Wood. “Overly ambitious standards set fourteen years in the future risk severe economic harm if customer wants and needs are not met,” he said.
What the Businesses Need to Say
It may be attainable for General Motors. This was echoed in the comment the North American General Motors president had. “When you put those things in for the first time, they may be more expensive. But this is a volume and scale industry. What was very expensive in the past is no longer very expensive.”
Christin Baker, a spokeswoman for Ford, was more mindful. She spoke about the support from Ford. It would support a “national program that is data driven and factors in the impact of this rule-making on jobs, the economy, consumers and safety.” She didn’t mention the 56 mpg figure. There were no comments about it.
Chrysler hasn’t commented on the matter at this moment.