New CAFE Law is Small, But Needed Kick in US Auto Industry Backside

Consider the newly passed 35 mpg CAFE standard in America a very small kick in the backside that Detroit carmakers are only now going to be held to a fuel-efficiency standard that European and Asian manufacturers have shown for years is attainable, write Toledo Blade editorial board.

Published: 28-Dec-2007

THANK the gods for the Hollywood writers' strike. At least now, Jay Leno, David Letterman, and the rest of the late-night Will Rogers wannabes will have to rely on their own joke-writing ability as they consider Congress' latest gaffe (or should that be guffaw?).

Members of the Michigan congressional delegation have their tailpipes in a knot because when the recently passed energy bill was sent to President Bush for his signature, it was delivered by a clerk in a Toyota Prius hybrid.

"A slap in the face of every American auto worker," sputtered Rep. Mike Rogers. "Calculated, I believe, just to demonstrate their complete disregard for the domestic auto industry," fumed Rep. Candice Miller.


The system operates from the Calor Gas, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) or propane that is already on board for cooking. The system will fit comfortably in an aft locker, normally used for a conventional generator.

The Cadillac Provoq fuel cell concept uses GM's E-Flex propulsion system, combining the new fifth-generation fuel cell system and a lithium-ion battery to produce an electrically driven vehicle that uses no petroleum and has no emission other than water.

Powered by a 100 kW electric engine and fuel cell stack, the i-Blue is capable of running more than 370 miles per refueling and achieves a maximum speed of more than 100 miles per hour.


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