Don't Weaken Obama's Fuel Economy Standards

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    As Detroit gets ready to welcome the North American International Auto Show, there’s a lot of excitement over new sport utility vehicles, trucks and crossovers.

    And we will probably hear some old, tired arguments that strong consumer demand for these bigger passenger vehicles — which are selling extraordinarily well — somehow constitutes an argument that the existing fuel economy standards, now being reconsidered by the Trump administration, should be weakened.

    Nothing could be further from the truth.  If you look at the most recent data, you can only conclude that the fuel economy standards now on the books should be made stronger, or at the least be kept where they are.

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    How fuel standards work

    Many people don’t understand that the current standards, which cover fuel efficiency through model year 2025, are flexible: they set completely different targets for different sizes and types of vehicles. Larger vehicles have lower fuel economy targets than smaller vehicles and fuel economy targets for SUVs, minivans and pickup trucks are over 25% lower than comparably sized cars. This means that an SUV can be far less efficient than a sedan or a compact car and still comply with its fuel economy target.

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    Automakers – who supported the standards when they first went into effect — are answering the challenge with innovative technological advances. As a result, all passenger cars and trucks — including big SUVs, pickup trucks and crossovers — are going farther on every gallon of gas these days, and the improvement is happening much more quickly and at lower cost than anyone anticipated.

    What drivers want

    And consumers are responding. Sales data shows that Americans like being able to go farther on every gallon of gas, no matter what kind of vehicles they drive. A recent Consumer Federation of America report looked at SUVs, pickups and crossovers that improved their miles-per-gallon numbers by more than 10% between 2011 and 2016, and compared those models’ sales to the sales of SUVs, pickups and crossovers that improved by less than 10%. It found that sales for the more efficient group increased by 59%, while the less efficient group only increased sales by 41%.

    At the International Council on Clean Transportation, we regularly perform independent technology assessments on cars and trucks. Working with automotive suppliers on a series of analyses over the past two years, we found big reductions in the cost of many fuel-economy technologies since the current standards were put in place in 2012. Even more importantly, a large number of technologies have already been put into production that were not even considered when the standards were established — and automakers have announced production plans for even more. That means that automakers can meet national mileage and emissions targets faster, and more affordably, than most experts thought possible.

    Ford is the latest carmaker to recognize how important fuel economy is to consumers. Its CEO says Ford will review its offerings annually in light of data that show consumers prefer SUVs that go farther on every gallon of gas. 

    Transportation technology is advancing rapidly across all vehicle types and power trains, from big SUVs to sporty plug-ins. This is no time to turn back the clock on these key areas of innovation. Europe and China are adopting aggressive standards for the future, creating the risk that domestic manufacturers will (once again) fall behind and not be able to compete in the global marketplace.

    American drivers are interested in bigger vehicles, but they aren’t interested in paying more at the pump. They value fuel efficiency, which saves money and cuts down on trips to the gas station. And they don’t want automakers to try to pull a U-turn when it comes to fuel economy standards.

    Automakers would be wise to recognize that reality, and to continue the extraordinary innovation that is bringing such attractive and efficient vehicles of all sizes to the show floor in Detroit.

    John German is an engineer and senior fellow at the International Council on Clean Transportation, an independent nonprofit that provides unbiased research and technical and scientific analysis to regulators.

    The engineer who revealed VW's emission scandal says the U.S. shouldn't weaken fuel economy rules, something the Trump administration is considering. Here's what he has to say: https://t.co/WAixKHyjwh

    What do you think?

    — A Better Michigan (@ABetterMI) January 11, 2018

     

    This is source I found from another site, main source you can find in last paragraph

    Source : https://www.freep.com/story/opinion/contributors/2018/01/11/fuel-economy-trump/1024312001/

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