The NHTSA recently agreed to push back the model year efficiency standards for OEMs. The new fuel saving technologies will be required of 2019 models. The CAFÉ standards for OEMs will soon be reconciled with EPA standards as outlined as a part of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Program.
What Are the CAFE Penalties?
Beginning with model year 2019, NHTSA will apply the full penalty prescribed by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Improvements Act of 2015. For 2019 models, the NHTSA will impose penalties at the rate of $14 per tenth-of-an-mph for OEMs. The designated amount accounts for any inflation. The stiff penalties associated with recommended CAFÉ standards promote energy security.
Fuel Saving Technologies for OEMs
The US Department of Energy states that fuel saving technologies by OEMs like the cylinder deactivation systems increase fuel efficiency by 7.5 percent. Automotive engineers have focused on developing the fuel saving technologies and the auto components to accomplish these standards. Cylinder deactivation technology will play a critical role in advancing these fuel efficiency initiatives for automotive OEMs. General Motors has partnered with a Silicon Valley startup to develop fuel efficient technologies capable of delivering savings near 15 percent. Honda has developed its variable cylinder management system, which was deployed throughout its fleet. Chrysler introduced its Multi-Displacement System, which will increase fuel efficiency by as much as 20 percent.
Dixien, LLC develops car components for these fuel efficient technologies and other automotive systems. For decades, Dixien has partnered with forward-thinking automotive companies capable of delivering the most advanced fuel saving systems to help automotive OEMs meet CAFÉ standards.