National Fuel Efficiency Requirements Delayed

Originally, federal agencies wanted automotive makers in the US to increase the fuel efficiency levels of all cars by 2025, but now they have reevaluated their stance. Aiming for a range of 47 to 62 miles per gallon, vehicles in the US were to become much more energy efficient while also helping to reduce the amount of emissions expelled. Now, officials plan to review a new plan that will require automotive manufacturers to improve upon their current standard fuel efficiency levels by about 3% a year. While better gas efficiency will help the environment, car makers will probably have to make their vehicles lighter in order to compensate. Using safe driver concerns to back up their claims, automotive makers state that they need more time to create a plan that will realistically allow them to become compliant. Less vehicles are being sold, so the amount of money that auto makers would have to spend to develop these technologies would put many of them into debt.

The use of fleet management software could help automotive companies to track the amount of miles that each one of their new concept vehicles get on the road at a reasonable cost. While figuring out how to make cars more gas efficient is important, keeping drivers and pedestrians safe will pose a challenge. Light vehicles have an increased potential of spinning out in crashes, sometimes claiming pedestrian casualties. Government officials are hoping that the results of three recent safety studies will assist automotive makers to come up with a revised plan for better fuel efficiency. Car makers think that they can more easily become compliant if they are able to increase the cost of gas efficient vehicles to consumers, while government agencies believe that the costs should not be passed on. Either way, car makers have until September of 2011 to come up with a plan that will allow them to comply with the new energy efficiency requirements.

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