New Administration Fuel Efficiency Standards – A Reality Check is Needed05 Jul

“According to Fox News, The New York times reported, that the administration is proposing a standard of up to 56.2 mpg for new cars and trucks by 2025, about twice the current level. A senior administration official told the newspaper that the goal was only the opening bid and may not be the final figure.”

“Environmentalists have sought requirements of at least 60 mpg by 2025, contending that more gas-electric hybrids, electric vehicles and cars and trucks with improved internal combustion engines and reduced weight could radically alter the fleet.”

“But automakers have warned that pushing gas mileage standards up that quickly could force them to raise prices to sticker-shock levels for many consumers, and they are skeptical that consumers will want the new breed of cars that will be smaller, lighter and, in some cases, more expensive.”

The above paragraphs do not mention the likelihood that the United States will be importing 100 percent of its crude oil needs in approximately 11 years (Please see blog post of June 26, 2011). Has anyone ever asked why the above paragraphs cited the date of 2025? Was it based on time to reach commercialization via manufacturing, distribution, sales, and installation of a new engine/fuel technology? Did this date reflect the time required to completely transition into a new fleet of vehicles (See p 15) powered by a new technology, namely 15 to 20 years? When will the Obama administration honestly address the American public that the U.S. oil reserves are declining? Perhaps President Obama should take time from his busy fund raising schedule and ponder these questions.

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About Dr. Everson

Prior to forming this SBIR consultant practice, Dr. Jeffrey Everson was director of business development for QinetiQ North America’s Technology Solutions Group (previously Foster-Miller, Inc.).

Dr. Everson has won and been the principal investigator for several SBIR programs, including a Phase I program for NASA, a Phase I project for the U.S. Air Force, and Phase I and II contracts from the U.S. Department of Transportation. For the Phase II program, he received a Tibbetts Award for exemplifying the best in SBIR achievement.

Previously Dr. Everson held senior scientist positions at Battelle Memorial Institute, The Analytic Sciences Corporation (TASC), Honeywell Electro Optics Systems Division, and Itek Optical Systems Division.

He holds a PhD in physics from Boston College and a MS/BS in physics from Northeastern University.


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