Motoring Weekly has written a number of articles about the CAFE regulations:CAFE - Corporate Average Fuel Economy from September 2017CAFE Rules Adjusted from October 2017Update on CAFE Standards from May 2018 Now the current Administration is set to cause chaos with this set of rules. The idea of the standards was to ensure that cars got progressively more fuel efficient over a period of several decades and then to have them tightened with enough lead time to allow the manufacturers to comply. To appease the US based oil companies, the Administration has announced that they plan to ease the plan thus allowing more fuel to be consumed and therefore more will need to be bought by the consumer. The new rules will be called SAFE: Safer Affordable Fuel Efficient standards. It is expected that lawsuits will be lodged against the Government to stop them from implementing their changes. Some of the suits will come from environmental groups who are keen to see carbon fuels abandoned, some … [Read More...]
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