The Mid-term Evaluation for fuel economy standards opens the door to including new vehicle technology, such as autonomy, in federal regulations, a development that could lead to even greater efficiency in the longer term.
An Evolved Oil Market and New Vehicle Technologies Have Major Implications for Light Duty Fuel Economy
If it can be verified that the use of autonomous vehicles will improve overall fuel economy and reduce GHG emissions, the agencies should explore ways to maximize the benefits as soon as feasible.
In a rare increase in stringency over the proposed rules, certain large trucks are required to be up to 25 percent more fuel efficient.
Fuel economy standards have a significant social benefit relative to their costs. Total industry-wide costs of meeting the MY2022-2025 GHG standards are estimated at $34 to $38 billion. Societal monetized benefits of the MY2022-2025 standards (exclusive of fuel savings to consumers) range from $40 to $41 billion.
The contradiction of proposed increases in fuel efficiency standards for large trucks is that although they will reduce oil consumption, they will also discourage the adoption of alternative vehicles that run on natural gas and make them less competitive in the trucking sector.
Even though the Obama Administration announced methane regulations that were more biting than expected on existing wells, the real story is pending regulations on existing installations, and if the next administration will uphold them.
Understanding why 54.5 mpg is a largely symbolic number, why higher truck sales make it easier for automakers to reach their targets, and how automakers are balancing performance with efficiency.
Clinton’s recent comments suggested an anti-fracking approach that is not only generally inconsistent with her previous statements, but also doesn’t align with the authority of the executive branch.
IEA appears to be taking fuel economy standards at face value, and not recognizing the impact of cheap gasoline on consumer behavior.
Although the EPA is simply conforming to the reality of the marketplace with its new biofuel blending targets, it is getting blasted by a number of industry groups.