Romney Drives Fuel Efficiency Rollback to Victory

In Mass., He Supported Strict Mileage Standards. In Michigan, He Doesn't

Published: 19-Jan-2008

Just weeks ago, Congress passed a bipartisan plan to boost the nation's fuel economy, President Bush signed it into law, and the head of the Environmental Protection Agency touted its sweeping ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

And now, Mitt Romney has won victory in the Michigan primary in part by pledging to throw it out the window. Part of his campaign pitch to the economically struggling city of Detroit was that fuel economy standards should be phased in slowly.

The new fuel economy rules amount to the first increase in efficiency in a generation, and they would boost the average mileage of new vehicles from about 25 mpg to 35 mpg by 2020.


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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