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The latest mandate....
WASHINGTON—The Obama administration finalized new rules for automobiles designed to drastically cut gasoline consumption and greenhouse-gas emissions.
But the rules will carry significant costs for car companies and consumers, raising the average price of a new car by nearly $1,000 by the middle of the decade, according to government estimates.
In setting stringent new targets for auto fuel economy and greenhouse-gas emissions, the White House aims to have all new cars on U.S. roads average 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016, up from a current 26.4 mpg. The new rules accelerate a transition that Congress mandated two and a half years ago.
Administration officials said the rules, first proposed in the fall and covering vehicles starting in model year 2012, are a key component of President Barack Obama's environmental agenda and will spur "green" car technologies such as plug-in electric vehicles.
Time out! What vehicles now average 35.5 mpg much less a whole manufacturers fleet?
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What is the likelihood that the vehicle you want is going to average 35.5 mpg given that only some hybrids and some diesel-powered vehicles can do that? Think it through... what is the likelihood that there will be enough batteries and diesel engines ... and that you'll really want the type of vehicle that can average 35.5 mpg? And in order for the fleet to average 35.5 mpg, some of you will have to be driving motorscooters.
But, it has been mandated so I'm sure the manufacturers will figure out how to make it happen.