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35 mpg — and step on it!

SmartUSA The Smart Car, soon to to the American Road, is part of a that may profoundly change the way drives.

Carmakers win a round, but still hold a gas mileage

STATEN ISLAND, NY — On the before Christmas the EPA grinch an automotive gas-mileage plan, the sensible energy initiative the has had, lo these many years. Aided and abetted by a Congress, President Bush, a proponent of that pipe known as the hydrogen-powered car, into law a bill that require automobile manufacturers to the fuel economy of their to a combined average of 35 miles per They have some 13 to get the job done. I was stuck in traffic on Hill Road that on my way to the gas station, so I had some time to about that turn of

Triumph of the lobbyists

MDI The French is preposterously inexpensive to drive. The urban vehicle runs on compressed air. It is a real for sale now. But not in the U.S.

Officials in states that planning to impose the rules the news badly. A mockery of law and public policy, thundered Attorney General Richard California’s Republican Gov. Schwarzenegger vowed to sue to have mileage rules reinstated. He was joined in his determination by the governors of 12 states.

Automakers, on the other love the new law; they it and savored the moment as a great And indeed it was a victory — a of the industry’s lobbying money, helped engineer it. After without federal intervention, could have been with meeting different rules from state to Until the bill was signed, the had been moaning and groaning all the billions of dollars it would them to increase gas mileage as if they could only money on more efficient

Don’t play their

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still the industry’s mindset. Now the car companies feel free to on this measly mileage until time runs out (at point they’ll lobby for an extension) or the public regains its for gas-guzzlers. In their worst-case the car builders know they only shoot a couple of worst offenders — the Hummers, which get real-life gas that struggles to break out of digits — and, The company’s average mpg instantly up.

Here’s my advice to the governors of the states: Fougeddaboutit. The federal is incapable of mounting a serious in our oil dependence, but the feds are not about to and allow states back the driver’s seat on the mileage And left to their own devices, the car will continue peddling gas hogs to folks who cannot themselves from pouring the money into the gas tank of the SUV. Not for nothing do they it oil addiction.

The state-led approach to gas mileage was unworkable and an invitation to all of mischief. The govs should not a dime challenging the ruling. should just let it go.

A better

This is not to say the states should sit and do the same nothing the feds and are planning to do. Perhaps it hasn’t to the several statehouses yet, but hold a tool far more and less prone to legal by the Beltway Bandit law firms hold federal agencies in thrall. The states wield a far more effective than patchwork of mileage requirements. The have the power to tax.

Taxes are not just about Taxes are policy decisions. correctly, a judiciously applied tax can public policy and provide incentives to encourage events such as the sales of efficient — to move in the desired So tax they should.

Toyota As gas-guzzling cars fade and the public, encouraged by tax policies, to accept new ideas, concept like this Toyota RiN may evolve into viable options.

A car that gets 10 mpg when it’s going in a tailwind should cost — way more — to buy and than a more environmentally vehicle. Cars that get 35 mpg or more (there are a number of ) would pay far less in taxes and fees. Cars that do not themselves by setting fuel on — electric and fuel-cell come to mind — escape the extra taxes

Don’t penalize success

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The tax will need to pay attention to they hope to accomplish and how going about it. A good of how not to do this mileage-incentive thing is by the federal tax rebates offered to who choose green cars.

The motorcycle-based VentureOne is a two-seater, a vehicle that delivers speed and 100 miles per gallon. Be to watch the video on the company’s Web

The modest incentives were not meant spur overall of high-mileage autos. They actually designed to establish in the business of making hybrid that use a combination of internal engines and electricity. Once a car sells 60,000 hybrid the incentives are phased out.

Toyota has so far succeeded to that That means those who buy a 45 mpg Toyota Prius — the sales/mileage champ for hybrid — get little or nothing in the way of a tax

But people aren’t stupid. or not, they aren’t the same-old-lousy-mileage hybrid trucks and some carmakers are trying to off. Many of those offerings will never hit the 60,000 sales mark. Why the government would attempt to this sort of intellectually schlock is difficult to imagine.

A Smart idea?

Meanwhile, as tax still tend to favor the a tiny, gas-sipping European called the Smart Car is about to ashore on the American Road. The is a bit over eight feet it promises to deliver 40 mpg or more, and sell for around $12,000. It may be but it can hold its own on the highway — and it is tough. It will be interesting to see how it is by the driving public.

The Smart and the and a variety of other highly cars, by their very prove that good gas is no impossible task. We should not for being kept waiting a or more.

Chevrolet This features oversize wheels and an profile (things car designers impress potential customers), but the Chevrolet Volt will appear in a somewhat more design when and if it eventually from concept status.

One factor in this quest may be safety standards for automobiles. A new category may be needed. This is unusual. SUVs have their own category for years a regulatory concession that exempted them from fine points as pollution and some safety features. cars can be built to hold up even when crashed a concrete barrier at high But light urban vehicles the MiniC.A.T. or the Toyota RiN are not meant for travel. Applying the full-rigged to cars designed for local will only succeed in us access to these vehicles.

A coordinated effort by the states on tax policies would get carmakers to on the gas when it comes to efficiency. an effort could have a cumulative effect on reducing our irrepressible national bad habit of cars we know are not good for us, the or the environment.

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