The Wall Street Journal reported today that the Obama administration is proposing to spur production of electric cars with an offer that would enable auto makers to count each electric car as two vehicles when calculating corporate average fuel economy.
“One reason car makers are racing to get electric vehicles into the market is that ‘advanced technology’ vehicles produced ahead of 2012 can generate credits that auto makers can bank and use to reduce their overall fleet average,” the newspaper wrote.
Auto makers have already started to roll out battery-powered electric vehicles. Tesla Motors’ Roadster is already on the road. Chinese auto maker BYD Co. and Nissan Motors have also announced pure electric vehicles that will come out in 2010.
Some cars are more reliable than others, but even the vehicles at the bottom of this year’s Consumer Reports reliability survey are vastly better than those of 20 years ago in the key areas of powertrain and hardware, experts said this week.
As it does every year, Consumers Union recently surveyed its members on the reliability of their vehicles. This year, it collected data on approximately 1.1 million cars and trucks, categorizing the members’ likes and dislikes, not only of their vehicles, but of the vehicle sub-systems, as well.
A few weeks ago, Ford Motor Co. quietly announced that it was rolling out a new wrinkle to the powerful safety feature called stability control, adding even more lifesaving potential to a technology that has already been very successful.
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