A week ago the administration met with the large 3 United States car manufacturers to talk about having all automobiles and light trucks meet a standard of 56.2 mpg requirement by 2025. The strategy would mean increased expenses for cars, but supporters say the difference could be made up by customers at the pump. But some say the program is too ambitious.
Meetings with companies
Ford, Chrysler and GM all met with the administration officials in private meetings to discuss a program. As reported by a document represented at the meeting, the average price of a car would increase $2,100 to fulfill the proposed requirement. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will work together with the Environmental Protection Agency (Environmental Protection Agency) to choose on the rule. September 30 is when it has to be done by.
Already expecting a high standard
It is a compromise that the figure is so low. Already, 35.5 mpg is expected by 2016. Car manufacturers are working on that. Specifications have to range between 47 miles per gallon and 62 mpg 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 would be necessary.
The requirements some want
Environmental groups want the higher standard of 62 miles per gallon. Roland Hwang is at the Natural Resources Defense Council. As the transportation program director, he 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.”
Dan Becker is at the Center for Auto Safety as the director of the Safe Climate Campaign. He said, “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.”
A government analysis has shown that to achieve 62 miles per gallon, all vehicles would be required to be gas-electric hybrids.
Bailey Wood believes it will not take place
Baily Wood is a National Automobile Dealers Association spokesman. He believes that it will be impossible to get to the proposed 56.2 miles per gallon figure. “Overly ambitious standards set 14 years in the future risk severe economic harm if consumer wants and needs are not met,” he said.
Statements made by two of the three
GM’s North American president Mark Reuss was optimistic. “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 cautious. Ford could be willing to support a “national program that is data driven and factors in the impact of this rule-making on jobs, the economy, consumers and safety.” The 56 mpg figure was not mentioned at all by her.
Right now, there has not been a comment made from Chrysler.