Consumers Hold Key to Meeting 2025 Fuel Standards


Detroit Free Press - November 17, 2012

Engi­neer­ing experts at one sup­plier say the government’s 2025 fuel stan­dards are “pos­si­ble” but it will require the coop­er­a­tion of the buy­ing public.

What do the experts at Ricardo have in mind?

Meet­ing the government’s aggres­sive fuel econ­omy stan­dards by 2025 will require a com­bi­na­tion of tech­nolo­gies that exist today, assum­ing they con­tinue to evolve, engi­neer­ing experts at sup­plier Ricardo [Van Buren Twp, MI] say.

But much of it will depend on con­sumers. They must migrate to smaller vehi­cles in greater num­bers, says the team at Ricardo.

For exam­ple, con­sumers aren’t embrac­ing plug-in vehi­cles yet, but the pop­u­lar­ity of non-rechargeable gas-electric hybrids is growing.

By 2020, elec­tric vehi­cles will still be less than 2% of the mar­ket, grow­ing to 5% in 2030 and 10% in 2040, said Shaun Mepham, tech­ni­cal direc­tor for dri­v­e­lines and transmissions.