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Panel of Advocates Push for CAFE Standards to Remain Unchanged

Auto industry thrives financially with tougher rules.

by on May.10, 2018

Former NHTSA Deputy Administrator David Friedman called on the Trump administration to leave CAFE unchanged.

The Trump administration is courting economic and environmental disaster if it elects to heed to the initial wishes of automakers and rolls back Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards, according to a panel of consumer, economic and environmental safety advocates.

A group of five advocates asserted that President Trump’s desire to rollback fuel economy and emission standards to levels below the Obama-era mandate will ultimately harm consumers, the environment and the economy.

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“The current CAFE requirements are good for consumers — period,” said David Friedman, director of Cars and Product Policy, Consumers Union, during a conference call. “The rollback the industry has sought and this administration has delivered will hurt consumers.” (more…)

Business Group Pushes EPA to Keep Tougher Fuel Economy Rules

Administrator Pruitt considering cutting standard.

by on Mar.21, 2018

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt reopened the review of tougher CAFE standards going into effect for 2025.

With the Environmental Protection Agency poised to release a proposal to revise the nation’s current fuel-economy standards, a big network of American businesses is calling on the Trump administration to maintain robust fuel-economy and emissions standards for passenger vehicles.

In a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, CERES, which advocates for clean energy and sustainable business and industrial practices that minimize harm to the environment, also expressing support for rights of states to maintain the existing standards.

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The letter from the Ceres BICEP Network to the EPA administrator noted the strong national miles-per-gallon and emissions standards already in place represent “a critical opportunity to strengthen the U.S. economy, enhance the global competitiveness of the auto industry, create jobs, and help us meet our climate goals. (more…)

States Sue Trump Administration Over CAFE Fines

Suit comes on heels of similar action by environmental groups.

by on Sep.13, 2017

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is one of five attorneys general suing the Trump Administration over CAFE fines.

Five states, including California and New York, have sued the federal government for delaying larger penalties for automakers with vehicles that fail to meet minimum U.S. fuel-economy standards.

The state lawsuit, which also includes Vermont, Maryland and Pennsylvania, follows a separate lawsuit filed earlier by three major environmental groups, including the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Sierra Club.

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The lawsuits are the first skirmishes in what could be a protracted legal battle between the Trump administration and environmental groups and states opposed to the Trump administration efforts to roll-back fuel economy standards and emission controls enacted by the Obama administration. (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…)

Will Fuel Economy Rules Cost 1.1 mil Jobs – or Save Consumers Billions?

Debate continues as EPA moves forward with mid-term CAFE Review.

by on Sep.22, 2016

Sean McAlinden, lead author of a new study from the Center for Automotive Research, believes the current 2025 CAFE target will harm the auto industry.

If you think the presidential debate has kicked off some angry debate, that’s nothing compared to the furor generated by the mid-term review of the tough Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE, standards set to phase in between now and 2025.

In fact, some players will get their chance today to express their frustrations – or support – about the looming new standards during the House Energy and Commerce committees midterm review hearing. According to one study, hitting the 54.5 mile per gallon target would cost the country 1.1 million automotive jobs and saddle consumers with significantly higher costs for new vehicles. CAFE proponents, however, dismiss such claims as alarmist and conclude that, if anything, more jobs will be generated while consumers could save billions of dollars on fuel costs.

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Who is right? Federal regulators have so far been leaning towards maintaining the targets announced during the first term of the Obama Administration. But it is a definite possibility that the next president could wind up having the final say. (more…)

Battle Lines Drawn in Fuel-Economy Showdown

Feds cut off public comment on new CAFE standards over automaker protests.

by on Aug.24, 2016

Automakers are unhappy that federal regulators declined to extend the public comment period about tougher fuel economy standards.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration have decided to cut off public comment on the federal fuel-efficiency regulations and denied a request by automakers to extend the comment period.

The decision sets up a showdown between federal regulators and automakers that argue the current regulations are too stringent given the prevailing drop in fuel prices and the shift in consumer demand towards larger, less fuel-efficient vehicles, such as trucks and sport utility vehicles.

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In a report released last month, EPA and NHTSA said that automakers have the technology to meet aggressive mandates to hike fuel efficiency, but fleet-wide improvement will not be as great as the Obama administration once forecast because buyers are switching to pickup trucks and SUVs. (more…)

Americans Favor Tougher Fuel Economy Standards

New poll shows 79% favor tougher regulations for automakers.

by on Aug.05, 2016

President Barack Obama toughened fuel economy standards in 2012 to their current federally mandated level of 54.5 mpg by 2025.

A new poll by the Natural Resources Defense Council indicates that more than three quarters of Americans believe the federal government should raise fuel economy standards for automakers.

Arguments over the fuel economy standards have raged ever since the Arab Oil Embargo of 1973, but the debate has taken on a sharper edge this year since Environmental Protection Agency is required to conduct a review of the current goal of 54.5 mpg by 2025.

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Federal regulators said U.S. automakers will likely miss the goal, which was established by President Barack Obama’s administration in 2012. The administration raised the goal from 27.5 mpg to the current standard of 54.5 mpg during its eight years in office. (more…)

U.S. Regulators Open Door to Rolling Back Aggressive CAFE Mileage Standards

Initial report says cheap fuel has shifted consumer buying patterns.

by on Jul.18, 2016

Sales of trucks are on the rise to due cheap gas prices, which may impact future fuel economy mandates.

Federal regulators have opened the door to rolling back the aggressive fuel economy standards set to go into effect by 2025, acknowledging that cheap gas has drastically shifted the type of vehicles that American motorists are buying.

The new report indicates a target of somewhere between 50 and 52.6 miles per gallon is more realistic than the original, 54.5 mpg goal, according to the new study. The first step in what will likely be a two-year “mid-term” review of the Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE, standards, the study was jointly produced by the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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“Compliance isn’t based on what we build, but what consumers buy,” said Gloria Begquist, vice president of the Automotive Alliance, an industry trade group based in Washington, D.C. As things now stand, she stressed, “It’s going to be very difficult” to meet the original target. (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 But that may not be enough to offset shifting market realities, especially with the unexpected collapse of fuel prices, Hinrichs said.


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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