In a country soon to have a population of 325 million, it’s easy to assume that a single person can’t possibly make a difference. But great movements spread from person to person. Eventually, lonely voices become a chorus demanding change. This is what’s happening with fuel choice.
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This is a critical year for the fuel efficiency of cars, trucks and SUVs in America. The average mpg of the U.S. fleet has gone up steadily, reducing tailpipe emissions that foul the air and harm the environment. But the federal program responsible for those gains, the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, is up for a midterm review later in 2016. Will agencies continue on the path toward an ambitious goal of reaching 54.5 mpg by 2025? Or will the targets be weakened, and progress undermined?
We’ll be discussing the steps leading up to this crucial moment in history: What role will electric and hybrid vehicles play? Can we keep gaining in fuel efficiency and still drive the vehicles we like? Can high-octane fuels like ethanol make a difference?
Welcome to the gathering place where smart people debate one of the most important issues facing America today. Welcome to the Policy CAFE.
The road to fuel choice leads through the halls of power in Washington, D.C., and state capitol domes. Breaking the oil monopoly will require a combination of federal and state policies; widely available fuels and the cars to run them; and, finally, an educated and willing consumer base.
Today, there are approximately 1.1 billion light-duty vehicles in use around the world. About 1.2 million, or 0.1 percent of the global fleet, are all-electric or plug-in hybrids. More than 1 billion of those vehicles run on gasoline and diesel-powered internal combustion engines.