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Vehicle Fuel Efficiency Update

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On May 25, 2016 Marc Gunther of Green Biz authored an article titled ‘Is automobile fuel economy hitting a dead end’ with the following information: “Five years ago, Barack Obama announced an agreement to boost fuel economy & reduce greenhouse gas emissions for cars and trucks; the goal is by 2025 to have average fuel economy of 55 MPG. The prediction that these rules would save over a trillion in overall fuel costs. The government attempt to curb climate emissions & oil imports is strong. The government’s calculations take into consideration adjustments & credits from electric cars, flex-fuel vehicles, energy-efficient air conditioning & solar panels. Automakers get credits for exceeding the standards in which can be banked & traded, creating a million dollar market.

Cheap gas makes it hard to achieve fleet-wide efficiency and emission reductions because the sales of trucks & SUVs are surging. Perhaps most important, the rules are to be reviewed during a mid-term evaluation that begins in June and concluded in April 2018, long after the next president can influence the policy. At stake is nothing less than Obama’s legacy regarding climate change. Manufacturers have introduced lighter materials, turbo engines, new transmissions, additional smaller engines and more aerodynamic options. These improvements may still fall short of the administration’s projections.

In the US, the fuel economy for all cars and light trucks from the 2014 model years was 24.3 mpg, according to EPA, using the mileage estimates. But for CAFE purposes, the average for 2014 was about 31 MPG after all the regulatory credits and adjustments were considered. The good news: That 24.3-mpg average is the highest level recorded, up by about 26% since 2004. The not-so-good news:  it was the same from the 2013 model year. That’s because fuel prices began their large decline through 2014. Since then, predictably, buying patterns dwindled among small cars, hybrids & electric vehicles and toward SUVs & trucks. This has slowed the fleet-wide progress even as most cars have become more fuel efficient.

One reason consumers choose gas-powered engines over alternative powertrains, such as hybrids, is that gas-powered engines have become more efficient. But another reason, according to the Safe Climate Campaign, is the $15B in advertising spent from the auto industry that year.

Chrysler has been Tesla’s biggest customer. At first glance, it may seem peculiar to have Chrysler buyers subsidize the purchases of Tesla’s $100,000 luxury cars, but that’s the way CAFE is designed to work. The idea is to penalize companies that sell less-efficient vehicles, reward innovation, and reduce the price of cleaner, more efficient cars.

The standards require fuel consumption and emissions to fall by about 50% of 2012 levels by 2025. When mid-term review of CAFE begins this summer, automakers are expected to seek credits for safety improvements, such as autonomous braking, which, in theory, will prevent accidents, reduce congestion and thus save energy & limit emissions. Environmentalists want tougher rules. Would it be easier to impose a price on carbon or raise gasoline taxes? This would steer consumers to buy more efficient cars, drive less and walk, bike or take public transport instead. By contrast, CAFE doesn’t account for the so-called “rebound effect”, that some efficiency gains are offset by more usage. If cars are at 40 MPG, that people would drive more.” The complete article is available here.

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