Automakers claim that the new standards are impossibly high and that to meet them would be prohibitively expensive. Other critics chastise the “copycat” states and suggest that they’ll be sorry, because they’ll be stuck with whatever changes
Now, I’ve long suspected that automakers could, without too much difficulty, increase vehicles’ fuel efficiency and reduce emissions significantly. Until this time, however, there has not been much incentive; I would even go so far as to say that there has been some disincentive from oil companies. So I certainly am not buying the argument that the new limits are impossible. And then Trillian sent me a link; some scientists got together and built a minivan, using off-the-shelf technology, that surpasses the requirements of
Now even if their claims are a bit inflated, even if the costs would be slightly greater (but in mass production, I have to believe that could be brought down), this is something to start from. First step of research and development done, time for each automaker to figure out how to work it into their current lines.
Bonus link: In the market for a new car? Want to see how your current one stacks up? Check out this EPA site!