Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Matthew Rich: 55 Miles Per Gallon

Warner Pacific College
55 Miles Per Gallon
From the NY Times: "The Obama administration issued on Tuesday the final version of new rules that require automakers to nearly double the average fuel economy of new cars and trucks by 2025" (Vlasic, 2012)
In total, the Administration’s national program to improve fuel economy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions will save consumers more than $1.7 trillion at the gas pump and reduce U.S. oil consumption by 12 billion barrels (House, 2012). “These fuel standards represent the single most important step we’ve ever taken to reduce our dependence on foreign oil,” said President Obama (House, 2012).
“…At Toyota we plan to exceed these new standards,” said Bob Carter, the automaker’s U.S. senior vice president (Ohnsman, 2014). In 2000 Toyota sold about 5700 hybrid vehicles in North America, comparing that to last year in 2013, they sold about 358,100 hybrid vehicles. A exponential increase and with these new regulations set in by the White House, Toyota will continue to sell a great deal more.
With these new standards in place we may not see 55+ miles per gallon from every vehicle rolling off the line. Some trucks will still have low 10 mpg and smaller vehilces will have close to 50. But most of the cars claiming to have 55 mpg will be results from a lab in perfect highway driving conditions. It is possible that the actual mpg would be closer to 36. “That's not to say, however, that fuel efficiency overall won't increase or that there won't be cars that get 54.5 miles to the gallon or more by 2025” (Handley, 2012)
That being said, even heavy-duty trucks and SUVs will still have to be "incredibly more" fuel efficient by 2025, even if targets are revised, overall fuel efficiency will still increase (Handley, 2012).
“The president tells voters that his regulations will save them thousands of dollars at the pump, but always forgets to mention that the savings will be wiped out by having to pay thousands of dollars more upfront for unproven technology that they may not even want” (Vlasic, 2012). Auto dealers also expressed concern that higher prices for new cars might exclude some consumers from the market. “This increase shuts almost seven million people out of the new car market entirely,” said Bill Underriner, chairman of the National Auto Dealers Association (Vlasic, 2012). But how many of those people are actually looking to buy a new car in the first place. I wonder what data that number is based of off.
Toyota also estimates that its hybrid vehicles have saved approximately 15 million kiloliters of gasoline compared to the amount used by gasoline-powered vehicles of similar size (Toyota, 2014).
"Even if you sell all large SUVs, overall fuel efficiency is going to go up" (Handley, 2012). And that’s good news. Increased fuel economy and reducing emissions all while saving Americans money sounds like regulations are working in our favor here.


Handley, M. (2012, 8 29). 54.5 MPG For All Cars by 2025 With New CAFE Standards? Not Exactly . Retrieved 8 5, 2014, from US NEWS:
House, W. (2012, 8 28). Obama Administration Finalizes Historic 54.5 MPG Fuel Efficiency Standards. Retrieved 8 5, 2014, from White House:
Ohnsman, A. (2014, 1 15). Toyota Pledges to Top U.S. Push to Double Fuel Economy by 2025 . Retrieved 8 5, 2014, from Bloomberg:
Toyota. (2014, 1 14). Worldwide Sales of Toyota Hybrids Top 6 Million Units. Retrieved 8 5, 2014, from Toyota:
Vlasic, B. (2012, 8 28). U.S. Sets Higher Fuel Efficiency Standards. Retrieved 8 5, 2014, from New York Times: .

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