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New Emissions standards by Obama

 
tapeshwar sharma
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http://money.cnn.com/2009/05/18/autos/new_fuel_economy_standards/index.htm

It says they will start implementing the new standards from 2012 and it will be complete by 2016.
So, what will happen to the cars that we have already ?
The report doesn't say anything that whether there is a plan to fit the existing cars with some "kit"(along the lines of catalytic converters) that reduces the tailpipe emissions.
 
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If a car uses more than the prescribed amount of fuel, then I doubt that there's much that can be done about after the fact.
 
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prashant bhardwaj wrote:
So, what will happen to the cars that we have already ?


CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) only applies to new cars, and it's an average across a brand. Some cars do better, some cars do worse.
 
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The law generally applies to the cars currently coming off the production line, not ones they sold years ago.
 
tapeshwar sharma
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fred rosenberger wrote:The law generally applies to the cars currently coming off the production line, not ones they sold years ago.

Phew! Thanks. Actually, I bought a new car a few days ago thinking I am a smart a** to take advantage of the low rate being offered these days.
Then I heard this news and another cash-for-clunkers scheme, so that made me concerned.
But, I guess its all cool now.
 
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Hey Joe,

Do you have any idea about how the averaging works? For instance is it done by counting models or by counting total sales across models?

Thanks,

Bert

p.s. I've already heard grumbling about how this is going to make ALL cars more expensive. My tiny rant is that we all need to start seeing the true "cost" of the things we do, not just the price. So, given that I don't know the details yet, I'm a huge fan of the broad concept!
 
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But then, higher fuel efficiency standards might make overall fuel consumption go up.
 
Frank Silbermann
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Ulf Dittmer wrote:But then, higher fuel efficiency standards might make overall fuel consumption go up.
Sooner or later the government will have to increase the tax, if only to gain revenue. Higher fuel efficiency will allow people to bear the higher tax.
 
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