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...but not without some changes. Imports vs domestic, trucks and suvs vs cars will be brought back so they can have seperate averages. This goal is for 2020, so Hillary's 50 mpg goal seems a bit out of reach.

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After months of wrangling over new fuel economy standards it appears that members from the House and Senate may finally be close to a compromise deal. According to a report from the Detroit Free Press, the 35 mpg standard by 2020 from the Senate bill would be retained. However two important aspects of current standards and the Hill-Terry bill would be restored. The calculation of separate averages for cars and trucks as well as distinct averages for import and domestic fleets would be back. It appears that there will be separate targets for vehicles based on weight allowing larger vehicles to meet a lower standard but a hard target that the overall fleet average must meet as well. If that happens, any company that wants to build bigger thirstier trucks would have to offset them with smaller, more efficient vehicles.

The separate domestic/import fleet averages would help keep some small car production in the US because the more efficient vehicles would offset the larger vehicles in the domestic fleets. If all vehicles are calculated together, the car makers are more likely to send production of less profitable small cars overseas. While this separate averaging has surely helped to keep some small car production here for the past two decades, it may actually be a moot point now as the value of the dollar continues to drop into the toilet.

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This is a realistic standard though. The old california zero emissions low from the 90s was too high I think. Hillary's proposal of 55 mpg is too high as well.

You have to set a firm realistic standard, setting a high standard that will get ignored in 10 years is no use.
 

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Who knows. 10 years is nothing but 30 years is a long time. Then again, cars from 30 years ago are a lot worse than modern cars...but there's only been 1 quantum leap. Turbocharging, emissions, fuel economy, all the small things have improved but only hybrid tech is the big shift, IMO.
 
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Without setting a realistic goal, there will be no motivation to act in the public interest. If higher mileage cars aren't in the corporate interest they won't get made.
 

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The prius wasn't intended to be the halo car for toyota and they were even expecting it to be at a loss. I would wait 10 years to see what there is going to be, but I need to drive now anyways!
 
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