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Advocates for Current CAFE Rules Speaking Up

Groups supporting rules range from automakers to environmentalists.

by on Oct.06, 2017

Chris Grundler, EPA director of air quality, is now in favor of easing CAFE rules to improve the working relationship with automakers.

With an eye on the environment, consumer pocket books and the United States’ reputation for innovation, several groups lined up to support the fuel-economy standards now in place and resist the Trump administration’s efforts to revise them.

Savings from lower gas spending along with lower cost estimates for fuel efficiency technologies require the Environmental Protection Agency to determine that its greenhouse gas standards for model years 2021–25 remain appropriate, according to comments submitted by Consumers Union, the policy and mobilization division of Consumer Reports, as the Environmental Protection Agency closed out the comment period

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The dispute over the fuel-economy standards comes as major car makers, including General Motors, Ford, Toyota and Hyundai, are all pledging to increase dramatically the number of electric and hybrid vehicles on the road by 2025. (more…)

Attorneys General Will Sue if EPA Rolls Back CAFE

Easing the mandates may violate federal law.

by on Sep.05, 2017

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills said 14 states would file a lawsuit against the EPA if it eased CAFE standards, saying changes would violate federal law.

If the Trump Administration elects to rollback current and future emissions standards, 14 states plan to file a lawsuit forcing the current CAFE standards to remain in place.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced it would reopen the review period for fuel economy and emissions standards set to go into full effect in 2025. Automakers initially hailed the move by the agency, but have since said they’re in favor of the tougher mandates.

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That hasn’t stopped the agency, led by former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, a well-known climate-science skeptic, from moving ahead with the process. The EPA is still technically in the information gathering stage so no decisions have been made, but officials have essentially said they expect to make a change. (more…)

Senate Bill Gives Carmakers More CAFE Credits

Deal allows companies to use past credits.

by on May.31, 2017

Sen. Gary Peters (D-Michigan) is co-sponsoring a bill that would allow automakers to utilize unused CAFE credits in the future.

A proposal with bi-partisan support from Senators from auto states, such as Missouri and Michigan, would give automakers extra credits for the past performance, making it easier for them to meet future fuel-economy and emission standards through 2021.

At its heart, the legislation introduced by Senator Roy Blunt (R-Missouri), which is also supported by Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) would change the way credits for “over performance” on reaching fuel-economy standards if various vehicle categories. The other sponsors include Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri), Todd Young (R-Indiana) and Jerry Moran (R-Kansas.)

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The current law allows car makers to accumulate credits for up to five years but Blunt’s bill would allow manufacturers to use any and all credits accumulated going all the way back to 2009, which would make it easier for companies such as General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. to meet the fuel-economy goals during the coming four years. (more…)

Costs of Tougher Fuel Economy Standards Inflated

Report says tougher standard won't cost as much as expected.

by on Mar.22, 2017

A new report shows that the cost of technology that improves fuel economy and emissions is less than predicted by regulators.

A new study by the International Council on Clean Transportation, which reviewed the history of clean air regulations in the United States, the European Union and China, found that regulators have routinely inflated the costs of automotive technology that would benefit the environment.

Last week, the Trump administration announced that it will reopen the review of national fuel-economy standards for model years 2022-25. The report comes as the California Air Resources Board will make a decision, based on its own technical assessment, whether states representing 113 million people will stick with the current program.

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Automakers and other supporters of delaying the 2022-25 standards express concern about the cost associated with achieving tougher fuel economy and emissions standards and the impact on their bottom lines. (more…)

Trump Signs Off on Review of CAFE Standards

While most makers cheer, Nissan-Renault, Honda offer indifference to move.

by on Mar.15, 2017

President Donald Trump acceded to the wishes of U.S. automakers, agreeing to re-open the review of looming CAFE standards for 2025.

As a first step to rolling back federal fuel economy standards, which are set to reach 54.4 miles per gallon by 2025, the Trump administration has agreed to re-open the review of the standards laid out by the Obama administration in January.

The review was immediately hailed by the Alliance of Auto Manufacturers, which includes the BMW Group, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Company, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz USA, Mitsubishi Motors, Porsche, Toyota, Volkswagen Group of America and Volvo Car USA with Honda and Nissan-Renault being the notable exceptions.

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“We applaud the Administration’s decision to reinstate the data-driven review of the 2022-2025 standards. By restarting this review, analysis rather than politics will produce a final decision consistent with the process we all agreed to under ‘One National Program’ for GHG and fuel economy standards,” the Alliance said in statement. (more…)

Obama EPA Upholds Tough 54.5 MPG Fuel Economy Standards

Decision could still see challenge from incoming administration.

by on Nov.30, 2016

President Obama is trying to keep the tough 54.5 mpg CAFE standard agreed to by automakers in place after his administration ends next year.

In what could be one of the Obama Administration’s last critical decisions on the environment, the Environmental Protection Agency has decided not to change the tough, 54.5 mile per gallon Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE, standard phasing in between now and 2025.

The announcement comes despite strong opposition from an auto industry having to adjust to a market moving away from passenger cars to less efficient pickups, utility vehicles and other light trucks. And it raises the question of whether the incoming administration, led by a president-elect who has questioned the reality of climate change, will step in after it sweeps into office in January.

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Officially, the EPA will continue taking comments through Dec. 30 as part of a so-called mid-term review of the mileage regulations enacted under President Obama, but in a conference call with reporters, Janet McCabe, EPA’s acting assistant administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation said EPA chief Gina McCarthy’s “judgement is now is not the time to introduce uncertainty by changing the standards.” (more…)

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…)

Ford Making Start-Stop Standard on F-150 EcoBoost Engines

Fuel savings could reach double-digit percentages.

by on Jan.21, 2016

Even the new Raptor SuperCrew is getting start-stop technology with its EcoBoost engine to help improve the truck's fuel economy.

It is no longer towing capacity or horsepower that is the measuring stick by which full-size trucks are gauged: it’s fuel economy and today Ford made the competition a little more difficult.

It made Auto Start-Stop technology standard on its 2016 F-150 powered by the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6. The technology will roll out to all of its EcoBoost-powered trucks in 2017 – including the new high-output Raptor.

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“EcoBoost already powers F-150’s best-in-class towing,” said Doug Scott, Ford truck group marketing manager. “Now, with every EcoBoost-equipped F-150 mildly electrified with standard Auto Start-Stop technology, customers’ fuel efficiency is expected to improve as well.” (more…)

Cheap Gas, Strong Truck Sales Could Force Review of EPA Mileage Mandate

But “mid-term” review of 2025 standard could come too late for change.

by on Jan.14, 2016

Even in the luxury market, SUVs like the new Cadillac XT5 are gaining market share.

Booming sales of pickups, SUVs and other light trucks may be fueling a surge in auto industry profits, but the shift is also creating at least one potentially serious problem, making it more difficult for manufacturers to meet increase tough U.S. fuel economy standards.

That is fueling industry interest in the planned “mid-term review” of upcoming Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE, standards set to reach an average 54.5 mpg by 2025. Scheduled to occur in 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency, which oversees mileage mandates, could be pressed to roll back the target to reflect shifting market demand – or a lack of the technology needed to get to 54.5 mpg.

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“We’re still making great strides in fuel economy,” Joe Hinrichs, Ford President of the Americas, told TheDetroitBureau.com. But that may not be enough to offset shifting market realities, especially with the unexpected collapse of fuel prices, Hinrichs said.

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Makers Still Focusing on Lighter Materials, Better Engines to Meet CAFE

Survey shows new transmissions, electrification getting looks too.

by on Aug.06, 2015

Automakers are still focused on using lighter materials and more efficient engines to meet stringent fuel economy standards coming in 2025.

Broader use of lightweight materials, such as aluminum, and ever more efficient new engines top the list of strategies the auto industry is using to meet 2025 Corporate Average Fuel Economy or CAFE standard of 54.5 mpg, according the annual Wards Auto survey of engineers from both automakers and major suppliers.

The study, sponsored by DuPont Automotive, also shows that carmakers and suppliers are taking a hard look at a variety of technologies as the mid-term review deadline looms. Interest in diesel engines, fuel cell and even bio-fuels all increased in this year’s survey.

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However, transmission technologies, new to this year’s survey, and electrification form the second tier of strategies, according to the nearly 900 respondents in the automotive design and engineering community.  (more…)

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