It is a fact that automakers meet increasing government fuel standards in one of five ways:
- true technical innovation that increases the efficiency of internal combustion engines;
EcoBoost is a series of turbocharged, direct-injection gasoline engines produced by Ford and originally co-developed by FEV Inc. EcoBoost engines are designed to deliver power and torque consistent with those of larger-displacement, naturally aspirated engines, while achieving about 30% better fuel efficiency and 15% fewer greenhouse emissions, according to Ford. <Source>
- purchasing offset pollution credits from companies like Tesla;
Tesla relies on large automakers to purchase credits from it.
One example is Stellantis, a company formed through the merger of France’s PSA Group and Italy’s Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Stellantis bought about 2 billion euros ($2.43 billion) of European and U.S. green credits from Tesla between 2019 and 2021, according to Reuters.
- expanding the mix of electric vehicles and fossil fuel vehicles to meet fleet-wide averages;
However, the mix of vehicles sold does affect the fleet average, which is why high SUVs sales led regulators to conclude that automakers may not meet the 54.5-mpg target.
While fewer SUV sales would likely help matters, carmakers would not necessarily need to vastly increase sales of electric cars and plug-in hybrids to meet that goal.
- gimmicking the emission tests like Volkswagen; and
Full details of how it worked are sketchy, although the EPA has said that the engines had computer software that could sense test scenarios by monitoring speed, engine operation, air pressure and even the position of the steering wheel.
When the cars were operating under controlled laboratory conditions - which typically involve putting them on a stationary test rig - the device appears to have put the vehicle into a sort of safety mode in which the engine ran below normal power and performance. Once on the road, the engines switched out of this test mode.
The result? The engines emitted nitrogen oxide pollutants up to 40 times above what is allowed in the US.
- lowering the size and weight of cars, making them more vulnerable to crashes.
While conservation of fuel is valued by proponents of higher CAFE standards, they usually ignore what is more important: human life. The evidence now is overwhelming that CAFE kills. The reason is simple. The easiest way to increase a vehicle's fuel efficiency, and beyond a certain point the only way, is to reduce the vehicle's weight by reducing its size and its steel content. While technological improvements in engines or body design also contribute to increased fuel efficiency, there are limits to what technology alone can do. In fact, other federal regulations often limit such improvements. Controls on auto emissions, for example, have forced changes in engine and exhaust system design that reduce gas mileage. (Thomas Gale Moore, "The Unresolved Conflict Between Auto Safety and Fuel Efficiency," Journal of Regulation and Social Costs, Vol. 1, No. 1 (September 1990), p. 72.)
The Biden Administration reverses Trump Administration Fuel Efficiency Rules.
USDOT Announces New Vehicle Fuel Economy Standards for Model Year 2024-2026
Standards to require fleet average of 49 mpg by 2026, save consumers money, and advance U.S. energy independence
The new Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards require an industry-wide fleet average of approximately 49 mpg for passenger cars and light trucks in model year 2026, the strongest cost savings and fuel efficiency standards to date. The new standards will increase fuel efficiency 8% annually for model years 2024-2025 and 10% annually for model year 2026. They will also increase the estimated fleetwide average by nearly 10 miles per gallon for model year 2026, relative to model year 2021.
Strong fuel economy standards strengthen U.S. energy independence and help reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Since CAFE was signed into law in 1975, the standards have reduced American oil consumption by 25%, or approximately 5 million barrels a day since then. <Source>
Although the new standards were released on April Fool’s Day, April 1, 2022, make no mistake about it – this is no joke,
The goal of the progressive communist democrats and their no-growth wing is to ultimately force American citizens toward high-density housing, public transportation, reduce the U.S. standard of living, reduce the ownership of personal vehicles, and limit the freedom mobility of the population.
And, as an interim step, urging Americans toward ill-suited electric vehicles with severe range limitations, external third-party surveillance, and control systems, extreme temperature limitations, and, in general, being less crash resistance than other vehicles. No to overlook an extreme lithium fire danger (euphemistically known as thermal runaways or events) and the hazards of dealing with battery waste.
Bigger Cars Are Safer Than Smaller Ones
New small cars are safer than they've ever been, but new larger, heavier vehicles are still safer than small ones. It's a matter of physics: Bigger and heavier is safer than smaller and lighter. Large vehicles weigh more and have longer hoods and bigger crush zones, which gives them an advantage in frontal crashes.
In its studies, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has found that a heavier vehicle will typically push a lighter one backward during the impact. As a result, there is less force on the occupants of the heavier vehicle and more on those in the lighter vehicle, according to IIHS. The organization's fatality data bears this out. The lowest 2015 death rate by vehicle type is for very large SUVs: 13 deaths per million registered vehicles. The highest is for mini cars: 64 deaths per million registered vehicles. <Source>
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has developed the “small overlap frontal crash test” to replicate what happens when a vehicle strikes a tree, light pole, or other vehicle with its front corner.
The progressive communist democrats are coming for your freedom, offering more freedom-limiting choices while decreasing your survivability in crashes. They love expensive gas, not only to push you into less vehicle use or toward freedom-limiting electric vehicles but to increase the government’s tax revenues on higher gas prices.
We are so screwed.
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“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell
“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar
“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS