Daimler Wants “Credit” for Fuel-Economy Improvements

Daimler Wants “Credit” for Fuel-Economy Improvements

Daimler is petitioning the U.S. government to get more favorable treatment under the new fuel-economy regulations. It wants extra credit for consumption-cutting features like start-stop technology.

According to the company, Mercedes-Benz vehicles spend nearly 24 percent of their on-road time idling, something that kills efficiency. They want the feds to recognize certain “off cycle” credits that do not show up in the standard fuel-economy test cycle, things like aerodynamic grille shutters, which can really boost the bottom line.

It’s crucial that Mercedes get every MPG it can. In the past they would simply pay fines if they failed to meet efficiency standards. From 1985 to 2011 it shelled out nearly $350 million. For a little context the rest of the automotive industry paid a combined $495 million during those years. Ouch!

That was then, this is now. Apparently automakers can no longer just cut a check if they fail to meet fuel-economy regulations. This is why Daimler is doing all it can to comply. If the government allows them to have certain credits the efficiency of their vehicles could increase by about 5 percent, which works out to roughly 1 mile per gallon; that’s a big deal.

Interestingly the company is also filing petitions for some of its collision-prevention technologies. Their rational is that fewer crashes result in less on-road congestion and therefore less wasted fuel.

Will Daimler get its way? The U.S. EPA will have to determine that, but in the meantime other automakers are certainly watching this developing story very closely.

[Source: Automotive News]

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