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NHTSA Looks at Fuel Standards

  • Soon, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will close its public comment period on proposed rule changes to the corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) for cars and trucks. Under the proposal, the corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standard would rise from 49 mpg in 2026 to 58 mpg in 2032.

    The key part of this is that under the CAFE standards, manufacturers get credit for each electric vehicle they sell in a model year, improving the average fuel economy of all the vehicles sold that year. By setting standards so high, NHTSA is knowingly pushing manufacturers to electric vehicles.

    This action by NHTSA is the third in a string of maneuvers by the Biden Administration and its allies to eliminate the internal combustion engine. In April the MRF reported on Environmental Protection Agency plans to limit tailpipe emissions, designed to ensure that all-electric cars make up as much as 67 percent of new passenger vehicles sold in the country by 2032. This is in addition to the plans in California, which will require all new cars sold in that state to be zero-emissions.

    While motorcycles are not included in these proposed standards, the writing is on the wall. The attack on the internal combustion engine is underway. The Motorcycle Riders Foundation submitted comments to NHTSA this week on the proposed rules. To read the comments submitted by the MRF to NHTSA click here.

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