Auto Fuel-Economy Rule Has ‘Flexibility,’ U.S. Says

The Center for Auto Safety is the nation’s premier independent, member driven, non-profit consumer advocacy organization dedicated to improving vehicle safety, quality, and fuel economy on behalf of all drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.

Sept. 15, 2009

By John Hughes

…Automakers such as Daimler AG and Bayerische Motoren Werke that sell fewer than 400,000 vehicles in the U.S. may be able to meet a weaker standard than the biggest carmakers, said Dan Becker, director of the Washington-based Safe Climate Campaign. Electric vehicles get credit for not running on gasoline even though power plant carbon emissions from generating the electricity to run them won’t count against the fuel standard, he said in an e-mail.