Environmental Protection Agency wants a truce on horsepower wars

Environmental Protection Agency wants a truce on horsepower wars

Environmental Protection Agency wants a truce on horsepower wars Author: darren [30-01-2008 07:56] The director of the office of transportation at the EPA, Margo Oge has made a plea to the automotive industry to stop having as much fun developing cars with sensational levels of horsepower, like Chevy’s new Corvette ZR1 (currently producing a paltry 620 ponies). Instead, she wants to start a green war with ‘the most affordable and desirable, low carbon vehicles each year.’ Sounds terribly dull, but she claim such a challenge could assist with economic growth in the US, helping it reclaim market share. Hello, the US auto industry is almost dead. It’s so far behind the Japanese the only thing it has is large horsepower, big presence gas guzzlers. Anyway, many of the automakers are already on the front lines of the green battle – they know what their customers want – but they need to offer a range that suits all their customers because they don’t have the luxury of producing just one line like, for example, Tesla, with its electric roadster. Strict CAFE standards coming in by 2020 are also dictating average fuel economy and emissions. Ford and GM have already shelved plans for future V8s, preferring smaller turbocharged engines. Oge’s comments really are attention-grabbing headlines. They’ll make not one ounce of difference to the automakers’ strategies; they’re just designed to draw awareness to the EPA.

Environmental Protection Agency wants a truce on horsepower wars Author: darren [30-01-2008 07:56] The director of the office of transportation at the EPA, Margo Oge has made a plea to the automotive industry to stop having as much fun developing cars with sensational levels of horsepower, like Chevy’s new Corvette ZR1 (currently producing a paltry 620 ponies). Instead, she wants to start a green war with ‘the most affordable and desirable, low carbon vehicles each year.’ Sounds terribly dull, but she claim such a challenge could assist with economic growth in the US, helping it reclaim market share. Hello, the US auto industry is almost dead. It’s so far behind the Japanese the only thing it has is large horsepower, big presence gas guzzlers. Anyway, many of the automakers are already on the front lines of the green battle – they know what their customers want – but they need to offer a range that suits all their customers because they don’t have the luxury of producing just one line like, for example, Tesla, with its electric roadster. Strict CAFE standards coming in by 2020 are also dictating average fuel economy and emissions. Ford and GM have already shelved plans for future V8s, preferring smaller turbocharged engines. Oge’s comments really are attention-grabbing headlines. They’ll make not one ounce of difference to the automakers’ strategies; they’re just designed to draw awareness to the EPA.

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