Light Duty Fuel Economy
Prospects for substantially higher vehicle fuel economy standards are looking up, thanks in part to the White House. President Bush’s State of the Union proposal to reduce gasoline consumption twenty percent by 2017 was met with skepticism by many due to its heavy reliance on unspecified “alternative” fuels.
Welcome to ACEEE's Advanced Technology Showroom. On this page you'll find writeups of some of the exciting energy-efficient and eco-friendly vehicle technologies being implemented on today's passenger cars and trucks, as well as advances in technologies just over the horizon. Content in the Advanced Technology Showroom will periodically change, so feel free to check back and enjoy future writeups.
With gasoline prices hovering around $3 per gallon, and the prices of many other energy sources high as well, dozens of bills have recently been introduced in Congress to address our continuing energy problems. However, most of these bills are "message bills" designed to send a message back home rather than serious attempts to pass legislation.
Washington, D.C. — Criticizing recent proposals to reduce gasoline prices as too weak and one-sided, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) today called on government and business leaders to launch a vigorous public awareness and policy effort aimed at cutting pump prices by easing America's gasoline consumption.
Washington, D.C. — Changes announced today to the corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) regulations for light duty trucks fall far short of the oil-addiction recovery goal set by President Bush in his State of the Union address, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
Carbon dioxide is the predominant global warming pollutant, accounting for eighty percent of global warming emissions. Contrary to the goals set out in legislation recently considered in the U.S. Senate, emissions have continued to increase. Transportation is responsible for 32.3% of all carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. While the U.S. has made progress in reducing vehicles' emissions of regulated pollutants such as ozone precursors, CO2 emissions from the transporatation sector continue to rise.
Growing U.S. Carbon Emissions
America's dependence on foreign sources of oil continues to grow. Without significant reduction in vehicle miles traveled, implementation of more fuel-efficient technology, or use of a diversity of fuels, this trend will continue.
Percentage of Oil Imported
Source: EERE's Transportation Energy Data Book Ed. 24
Projected Percentage of Oil Imported