The Pros and Cons of the 2014 Cafe Standard Updates

Since 1975, CAFE standards have been in effect for the automotive industry. Since that time, these standards have been updated several times, culminating in changes announced in 2014, which are now in effect across the board.

Though the wheels of progress do tend to turn slowly, we’re now seeing the culmination of many years’ of hard work.

Following the direction set by President Obama on May 21, 2010, NHTSA and EPA have issued joint Final Rules for Corporate Average Fuel Economy and Greenhouse Gas emissions regulations for passenger cars and light trucks built in model years 2017 and beyond, and have also developed fuel efficiency and GHG emissions regulations for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles built in model years 2014 through 2018 (U.S. Department of Transportation).

Of course, any time the government announces new regulations, people debate the pros and cons.

CAFE Standards

Fortunately, in this case, the cons are very weak. Probably the worst complaint that can be levied against CAFE standards is the complaint against government regulation in general. Since automakers can be fined for not meeting standards, there will always be those who do not appreciate the oversight.

There’s a reason, though, why such oversight is necessary. Through complying with these standards, the industry is able to increase fuel efficiency and lower emissions. When that happens, everyone wins. In fact, experts predict that by 2029, compliance with CAFE standards will have led to $230 billion in net social benefits.

That’s why we at American Hydroformers are proud to be involved in the process. If you would like to further discuss the 2014 CAFE standards, or if you would like to hear more about our services and how we can help you with your production process, please feel free to contact us.

About American Hydroformers

Founded in 2003, American Hydroformers specializes in the tube hydroforming manufacturing process. Production capabilities include numerous metal forming techniques such as hydroforming, hydraulic press work, metal stamping, and tube forming. In addition to hydroformed components, American Hydroformers offers complete assembly level fabrication of automotive structures, robotic welding, and both industrial laser and plasma cutting.

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