WHY ARE AUTO COMPANIES FIGHTING HIGHER FUEL EFFICIENCY STANDARDS?06/06/07 Robert Lorei
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Our guest was Robert Shull of the consumer group Public Citizen. He says that despite what car companies say- vehicle fuel economy standards are more than 25 years old and higher efficiency is possible. Congress is considering modest increases to corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards, the Detroit Big Three and Toyota Motor Corp. are spearheading an ad blitz telling consumers these changes will lead to higher prices and tiny, unsafe vehicles. In fact, our guest says CAFE standards are sorely out of date, and the Senate's proposed increase - up to 35 mpg by 2020 - is much lower than what manufacturers could easily achieve with the wide variety of technologies available to them.
If all vehicles were getting their best-in-class fuel economy:
§ the average fuel economy for cars would be nearly 37 miles per gallon, and § the average fuel economy for light trucks would be 27 miles per gallon.