Industry Headlines

New U.S. Fuel Economy and Emissions Standards Set

April 1, 2010
/ Print / Reprints /
ShareMore
/ Text Size+

SANTA MONICA, CA - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Transportation Department will sign a joint final rule establishing greenhouse gas emission standards and Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for light-duty vehicles for model years 2012-2016.

“Automakers currently offer consumers a full menu of great fuel-efficient vehicles today – diesels, hybrids, electrics, small gas sippers and bigger vehicles -- that now get better fuel economy than ever before,” says Edmunds.com Chief Executive Officer Jeremy Anwyl. “But consumers generally aren’t interested, especially when gas prices remain relatively low and no incentives are available to purchase more fuel-efficient vehicles.”

Anwyl noted that in other countries a heavier tax is levied on vehicles with higher horsepower and bigger engines.

In addition to the EPA/DOT announcement, President Obama announced that 5,603 new hybrid cars and trucks have been ordered by the federal fleet to boost its fuel efficiency.

“While it is noble that the federal government is ordering a few fuel-saving vehicles, the consumer needs some kind of nudge to buy more fuel-efficient vehicles,” Anwyl says. “Yet CAFE does not address the demand side of the equation.”

For manufacturers to produce what the government demands -- but what the consumer doesn’t buy -- risks economic suicide, adds Anwyl.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Quality Magazine. 

You must login or register in order to post a comment.

Multimedia

Videos

Podcasts

 In honor of World Quality Month, we spoke to James Rooney, ASQ Past Chairman of the Board of Directors 2013, for his take on quality around the world.
For more information, read the ASQ Speaking of Quality column.
More Podcasts

Quality Magazine

CoverImage

2014 August

Check out the August 2014 edition of Quality Magazine for features!

Table Of Contents Subscribe

The Biggest Obstacle/Concern?

In the current economic and business climate, what is the biggest obstacle/concern to your job?
View Results Poll Archive

Clear Seas Research

qcast_ClearSeas_logo.gifWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications,Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.

eNewsletters

STAY CONNECTED

facebook_40.png twitter_40px.png  youtube_40px.pnglinkedin_40px.png