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No U.S.-made car meets China fuel standards

By Joe Romm

"No U.S.-made car meets China fuel standards"

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The Toronto Star reported an alarming factoid earlier this month:

No gasoline-powered car assembled in North America would meet China’s current fuel-efficiency standard.

That’s mainly because

  1. Their standard is much higher than ours is currently.
  2. Their standard is a minimum-allowable efficiency standard, not a “fleet-average” standard like ours.
  3. Our lame car companies don’t make their (relatively few) most efficient vehicles in this country.

As for our much-hyped new 35-mpg (average) standard — it will take us in 2020 to where the Chinese are now (but not even to where Japan and Europe were six years ago). If we don’t rescind it, that is.

So whether you believe in human-caused global warming or peak oil, America remains unprepared to capture the huge explosion in jobs this century for clean, fuel-efficient cars.

Oh, and by 2010, China will be the world leader in wind turbine manufacturing and solar photovoltaics manufacturing. No worries, though, our TV and movie sales overseas still kick butt. For now.

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3 Responses to No U.S.-made car meets China fuel standards

  1. Jay Alt says:

    We should be able make a car with much better fuel efficiency. But as Gore found, this particular analogy may not have legs.

    The China should also be able design products that aren’t dangerous to the health of the buy and their own workers –
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB118651314364590719.html

  2. Vance Wagner says:

    This is very interesting. I wonder where the reporter got the dataset(s) from? Off the top of my head, you would need to combine three datasets: 1) FE; 2) weight (these two would tell you which vehicles meet China’s standards); and 3) assembly location. Presumably he pulled this quote from a research paper, but I haven’t seen it yet. Any ideas what paper?

  3. Uncle B says:

    Our cars are deliberately designed to extract as much money as possible from our wallets. Read “The Waste Makers”, an older book, but once popular, by Vance Packard. Our cars are built to last for their payment cycle, with built in “faults” that will extract even more $ from you over their short lifetime. Out the factory door, they just meet the minimum legal requirements, and the companies efficiency experts are paid to assure this. In a commie system however . . .