As the first Toyota Priuses took to U.S. roads more than a decade ago and celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Cameron Diaz touted their virtues, enthusiasts predicted that hybrid cars would quickly become mainstream.
But there was a problem: They cost too much, and consumers spurned them. Last year, the vehicles represented less than 3 percent of cars and light trucks sold in the United States.
Now the Obama administration is deciding how much to push U.S. drivers into fuel-efficient cars.
Over the next few months, regulators are scheduled to set the next round of U.S. fuel economy standards for manufacturers. Among the proposals under consideration is one that would lift average fuel economy under the law to as much as 62 mpg by 2025.
The preeminent issue in the debate is how much the price of cars — gas, hybrids, plug-ins or whatever inventors come up with— would rise if regulations dictate such standards.
On one side are automakers, which warn that the highest targets could add as much as $10,000 to the price of a new car, devastating a U.S. industry that just two years ago was bailed out by the government.
Sales could plummet by 25 percent, they say, and 220,000 auto manufacturing jobs could be lost.
Good gravy, when will the government understand that they are not automotive engineers? My guess is never.
Answer by QuinnMae at 5:20 PM on May. 13, 2011
Answer by pookipoo at 5:27 PM on May. 13, 2011
Answer by Farmlady09 at 5:33 PM on May. 13, 2011
Answer by scout_mom at 5:53 PM on May. 13, 2011
Answer by DSamuels at 6:04 PM on May. 13, 2011
Answer by Farmlady09 at 6:25 PM on May. 13, 2011
The problem is that Obama doesn't have a clue what living on a budget means, let alone living within one. I'd also like to know if his admin is going to GIVE the blasted things away to welfare people ... and make those who are working pay for them.
You mean like they did/do in my home state of TAXachusetts?!
Not surprising, is that Deval Patrick is "tight" with Obama. Ugh.
Answer by LoriKeet at 6:29 PM on May. 13, 2011
Answer by DSamuels at 6:56 PM on May. 13, 2011
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