For half a century Oil Companies have bought up patents on carburetors that have varied from light weight vehicles getting nearly a hundred miles to a gallon of gas to in the fifties and sixties foe trucks and heavy cars. They buy the patents and lock them away in vaults as no to see the light of day so they can continue to sell their high dollar fuels!!!
It will be interesting to see if the government will be successful in having these patents released and implemented in our futurist vehicles!!!
Does anyone ever wonder why you can’t get a truck with the same rear end gear ratio as autos!? Trucks these days for a good majority are not used for hauling anything in their beds and if so their loads are wrapped and guaranteed to do no damage! Truck today, is more like Grown Men’s Toys!!! They have no intention of using it for any utilities so why have then geared to being capable of hauling weight!!!???
· JUNE 25, 2011, 7:21 P.M. ET
U.S. Eyeing 56.2 MPG Cars By 2025
The Obama administration is considering a fleetwide average of 56.2 miles per gallon for all new cars and trucks sold in the U.S. by 2025, two people briefed on the matter said.
The proposal would roughly double current fuel-economy targets, and would likely raise the price of some cars by several thousand dollars.
The proposal isn’t final, and could be adjusted over the next several weeks as regulators prepare a formal draft to send to White House budget officials.
U.S officials presented the proposal to representatives of Detroit auto makers this week to determine the costs of such a proposal, said one of the people briefed on the matter. This person emphasized that the 56.2 mpg figure was floated as a means to kick negotiations among California, environmental groups and the auto industry into the final phase, and that the numbers could change.
The administration has said previously that it is looking at requiring cars average between 47 and 62 mpg by 2025.
The fuel-mileage targets would be accompanied by stringent rules to reduce vehicle emissions of greenhouse gases.
Environmental groups and the state of California have pressed for the 62 mpg target or something close to that, while the industry has lobbied for a target on the lower end of the administration’s range.
Spokeswomen at the Transportation Department didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment Saturday. The 56.2 mpg figure was initially reported by The Detroit News.
The targets for 2025 would build on the administration’s requirement that autos average 35.5 mpg by 2016. U.S. officials are expected to release their final numbers for 2017-2025 in September.
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