Automakers might not seem like they would quickly jump on the bandwagon destined for higher fuel-economy standards. But, as we all know, Honda isn't any, old automaker. It's in their core to protect the environment for future generations and offer drivers exceptional fuel economy.
So, while we were impressed to learn the Big H is expected to endorse legislation mandating that automakers increase their fuel economy to a fleet-wide average of 54.5 miles per gallon CAFE with the next 14 years, we can't say we were all that surprised. If the bill is passed, automakers will be required to improve fleet-wide fuel economy by 5 percent each year. Small truck manufacturers will have to abide by a more gradual guideline: 3.5 percent 2017-2021 and then 5 percent for the next four years.
While Honda and a few other automakers are stepping up to the plate, many people are still opposed to the bill worried that the yet-to-be-developed technologies needed to attain the goal would cost too much. Others are simply less concerned over the depreciation of the environment.
Speaking on the difficulty of negotiating an agreement, Ray LaHood, Transportation Secretary, said, "This is not easy, but the companies [i.e., Honda and a few others] are being very cooperative. These deliberations are going on somewhere between 12 and 18 hours every day for the last several days...I think we'll get there."1
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