Looks like the new CAFE standards have finally been signed and now been signed and SUVs will start being folded into the CAFE standards, coming full circle from their invention in the early 80s to avoid the CAFE standards imposed on Station Wagons.
Guessing we will finally start getting the new technology that Europe and Asia has already been getting with some interesting American twists. Looks like fun.
It's the law: 35 mpg CAFE standard
By HARRY STOFFER, AUTOMOTIVE NEWS
A 35-mpg fuel economy standard is the law of the land.
President Bush signed an 800-page energy bill in a ceremony Wednesday morning at the Department of Energy. It includes the increase for cars and trucks to 35 mpg by 2020.
Bush called in his State of the Union address last January for a 20 percent cut in gasoline consumption over 10 years. Today he claimed some credit for the bill.
But it was this year's shift in political control of Congress to Democrats--and their emphasis on cutting greenhouse gas emissions--that made the legislation unstoppable.
Lawmakers of both parties and some industry representatives were on hand for the bill signing.
Automakers have fought big increases in fuel economy mandates for decades. But in the end they supported this year's legislation, mainly to get regulatory certainty for product planning, industry leaders said.
The bill's centerpiece is a 40 percent increase in car and truck fuel economy standards by 2020, when a 35 mpg fleetwide average is required.
The phase-in of the tougher standards starts with the 2011 model year.
It's the law: 35 mpg CAFE standard - AutoWeek Magazine