President Barack Obama will outline a timetable today to introduce new fuel efficiency standards in medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. Continue Reading...
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A Tesla fan-created petition asking the government to allow the American automaker to sell directly to consumers has reached the necessary 100,000 signatures to get the White House to take a look. Continue Reading...
A Tesla fan is petitioning the White House stop requiring cars to be sold through third-party dealers. Continue Reading...
When you’re an Olympic gold medalist, there’s no denying your dedication to your country. But apparently Tyler Clary would much rather hop into a stock car and go racing than hang out with the President of the United States. Continue Reading...
In 2008 when President Barack Obama was a senator, he pledged a goal of having 1 million electric vehicles on U.S. streets by 2015. Four years later, that goal seems far away at best. In his 2011 State of the Union address, President Obama said “with more research and incentives, we can break our dependence… Continue Reading...
Things might get a lot sweeter in 2013 for folks considering a “new technology car,” as they’re being called at the White House. President Obama’s 2012 fiscal year budget apparently includes a provision for increasing the federal tax credit from $7,500 to a more substantial $10,000. The subsidy hasn’t been passed yet, but if it… Continue Reading...
Most automakers have gotten in line with the White House and accepted (even welcomed) the new CAFE regulations. Not Volkswagen. In fact, they criticize the new CAFE standards as being biased towards trucks—which of course, they don’t build. The proposal “places an unfairly high burden on passenger cars, while allowing special compliance flexibility for heavier… Continue Reading...
Toyota, Honda, and Nissan all support the White House’s revised CAFE standards, but still view market response as an obstacle. All three companies dabble in hybrids or electric vehicles, so it’s less of a surprise that they’re willing to accept these higher standards. All three CEOs of their North American divisions have issued statements, to… Continue Reading...
The White House announced earlier that it would be lowering its CAFE standard from 56.5 MPG to 54. The proposal, however, won’t be finalized until Friday—and until then, the White House is looking towards automakers to approve the change. Automakers have yet to officially endorse the new limits, but many are expected to favor any CAFE… Continue Reading...
After much debate, the White House has lowered its CAFE target for 2025 from 62 MPG to 54.5. The original 62 MPG figure has been dragged through the dirt before, having previously been lowered to 56.2 before this current figure. But now, the 1.7-mpg drop helps ease the concerns, however slightly, expressed by the auto… Continue Reading...
A statement released today by the White House seemed to take credit for the resurgence of the American auto industry, with President Obama’s bailout plan credited as the driving force behind it. “When President Obama took office, the American automobile industry was on the brink of collapse,” said the National Economic Council, in a prepared statement. “Two years… Continue Reading...