Though EVs are important, it’s emissions from the entire automobile fleet – meaning vehicles of all types and sizes – that ultimately matter for climate. John DeCicco, Research Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan argues in an article on The Conversation website about the need to continue increasing fuel efficiency. To make the … Continue reading Automakers recognise the future importance of electrification but still need to increase fuel efficiency
Alyssa Danigelis, writing on the Environment + Energy Leader website, discusses the confusion that has been created by the Trump administration rolling back on the previous planned approach to improve fuel efficiency standards for automobiles. Now the annual improvement is significantly lower than previously planned. But there are still clashes with the new federal standards … Continue reading The Trump administration rolled back Obama-era fuel efficiency standards for automobiles this week, creating regulatory confusion for the auto industry
Having spent much of my youth in Detroit, the car is king even today. While Motown music made us swoon, the love of cars never died. But for every industry there is a transition. Fuel economy standards started in the late 1970s and many felt that would kill Detroit. Far from it. But it is … Continue reading Motor city blues
Blake Shaffer from the University of Calgary writes on The Conversation website about the poor fuel efficiency of Canada’s vehicles. There are some good graphs that compares Canada with many countries. How is your country doing? When it comes to vehicles, Canada tops the charts for poor fuel economy Usually when Canada is at … Continue reading Canada’s vehicles have the highest average fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions per kilometre driven
Canada is trying to get on track to meet its long-term climate objectives. One important area is transport, however, with Canada’s car industry so intertwined with that in the US, and with the US government not wanting to have more ambitious fuel efficiency standards, it leaves a dilemma for Canadian policymakers. Ian Bickis explains in … Continue reading Canada faces dilemma in implementing more ambitious fuel efficiency standards for vehicles
Energy efficiency policies in the US certainly have their challenging moments. Steve Hanley writes a spirited article on the CleanTechnica website about the divergent views on fuel economy standards for vehicles on the most vulnerable. What are your views? Big Oil Claims Higher Fuel Economy Standards Hurt Poor People The Most. That's A Lie. … Continue reading What is the true impact of fuel economy standards on the poor?
While announced a week ago, there is still great concern about the pull back on fuel efficiency standards. Alyssa Danigelis provides a good article on the Environmental Leader website about the reaction from auto industry experts. Auto Industry Responds To Fuel Efficiency Standards Rollbacks In the wake of the Trump administration’s announcement last week … Continue reading Expert reaction to Trump administration plans to roll back on fuel efficiency standards for vehicles
It is not often we see direct comparisons amongst countries for their fuel economy standards. Brad Plumer and Nadja Popovich recently published an article in the New York Times that provided some useful graphs comparing various countries and regions with projections for several years. You should find this quite valuable. How U.S. Fuel Economy … Continue reading Comparing fuel economy standards around the world