Presidential Edict

That didn’t take long. Published reports indicate President Obama is set to unveil a couple of initiatives that could radically change the size and shape of vehicles sold in this country.

First off, Obama is reportedly telling the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider (read “change”) its decision not to allow the state of California to regulate “greenhouse” gases generated by vehicles. California is seeking to cut tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2016, which many experts predict would require a fleet average fuel economy of 35 miles per gallon or more.
Second, Obama is moving on a proposal by the U.S. Department of Transportation to raise the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) to 35 miles per gallon by 2020. Little action had been taken on that proposal during the final days of the Bush administration, but reports are that Obama wants to put it on the fast track.
The final result will likely see automakers forced to manufacture smaller, less powerful cars similar to those found in Europe, a vehicle type Americans have been reluctant to adopt in the past. Only time will tell how these moves will affect the lube industry, but expect new vehicles 10 years hence to be lighter, with smaller engines.

About National Oil & Lube News

National Oil & Lube News is the fast oil change industry's oldest and largest trade publication. Started in 1986 by Steve Hurt (a former fast lube owner) and David Arrington, NOLN has grown and evolved right alongside the fast lube industry. Here at NOLN, our aim is to help fast lube operators with every facet of their business, from operations to technical issues. Our monthly magazine and this regularly updated website contain everything from technical tips, recall announcements and service guides to articles on handling customer complaints, building your brand and making your business the best it can be. With tips and advice from experts both inside and outside the industry, you're sure to learn something that can help your fast lube business grow and prosper.
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