[Healeys] Coming Fuel Efficency Standards

J. Scott Morris jstmorris at yahoo.com
Sat Dec 8 18:13:39 MST 2007

Economist a British magazine, recently had an article the heightened fuel efficiency focus in the U.S.A.  [see http://www.economist.com/daily/news/PrinterFriendly.cfm?story_id=10249454 ]  
  An energy bill is set to pass through the House of Representatives this week. In part, the article reads: The new corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards have been a long time coming. The 35mpg target for average fuel efficiency across the range of a car companys vehicles in 2020 would be the first lifting of CAFE standards for cars since 1985. The current standard for corporate average fuel economy of 27.5mpg for cars was introduced that year. The standard for light trucks has been slowly lifted over the years and now stands at 22.2mpg. Since 1985 the fuel economy of cars and trucks has barely shifted.
  The day may be coming when there will be enormous pressure on the old car enthusiast / industry to curtail usage and/or pay a sizable amount for the privilege of enjoying ones hobby.  A CAFE of 35 mpg(US) is about 42 mpg(Imp) or 14.9 Km/Litre. By way of comparison, my 2001 Honda Civic averages 15.8 k/l and my 1962 Austin Healey averages 22 mpg(Imp) or 7.8 k/l .  
  --Scott Morris; Simcoe, Ontario, Canada; 60 MkI BN7-project; 62 MkII BT7-driver

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