Green Fleet Average, Does It Answer The Problem

Honda prototype
Honda prototype

With a car industry trying to revamp sagging sales and become greener at the same, how do governments help?

The gist is that right now, the logic goes: “Build a green car, make one that pollutes and receive a bonus”.  While this can make some sense in the short term, it does not resolve our growing problems, that of a taxed environment, drivers who are left feeling blah with current cars and bringing the electric drive onto the market.

Government Help, Or Prolong The Profit Game.  The current U.S. administration wants to rekindle the production of electric cars with a twist; “build one, make a normal one free” offer.  According to the WSJ, building a zero emission battery-powered electric vehicle, EV will allow companies to make it offset the average fuel efficiency of car maker’s fleets.  While this method has obvious loopholes, say build a few EVs and splurge with a polluting car, would actually mean the car maker gets a multiplier of 1.2 to 2 toward its fleet-wide average calculation.

Clean Energy With Clean Cars.  And therein lies the crux, according to Dan Becker, director of the Safe Climate Campaign in Washington, D.C., credit for a vehicle should be measured according to its environmental benefit.

This tactic might waken more lobbies against measures taken to dramatically lower pollution from cars.  Many car companies have resolved to paying fines imposed for polluting instead of reducing their carbon footstep.  In other words, it costs less to pay a fine, sell high-end cars with a few low polluting vehicles in the lot than to switch to zero pollution cars.  In the end, consumers still have one unalienable right, that is to vote with their credit cards and chose cars what will positively effect the environment for decades to come.

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