If you are watching Auto related politics closely, you may have noticed that Americans have lost another Freedom, and that is our right to own one of the real super cars of the century, the Lotus Elise, a high mileage supercar! A car company can only afford to spend so much in order to meet forever changing standards and slightly different world standards, all of which cause manufacturers to create countless tons of carbon emissions to produce cars having parts that might vary as much as 20% from one market to the next. And of course those who set the standards in those different markets suggest their standards are the best.
We can all watch the Gang Greenies yell and scream about AGW, and how we must address the problem, and yet, where there are obvious places to make a huge difference, the opportunities are ignored.
A Wiki page here shows some of the entities that rule over the Auto Industry, but don’t forget the EPA, the DOE, and California’s wacky CARB. Which one of these entities doesn’t have empire building as their Primary Goal? Which entity would sacrifice ANY of their influence in order to build a safer, more efficient car that would produce lower emissions? The answer is likely none of them!
Automobile Manufacturing is as much about politics as anything else, the talk of gray market cars that are non-conforming and not meeting safety standards, but that same car is considered superior just across the border?
How many months would it take to save more carbon emissions than all of the solar PV investments in Spain, if we could just allow the public to buy a car that meets an International standard? Consider all the energy used to make all those different parts, all the shipping, and hauling tons of supplies place to place.. all for what?
Consider the Japanese ‘K’ cars. Here’s where I see ‘LOGIC’ applied. The K class of car there has some rather strict design rules, they can only be so wide, and their engines are limited to 660cc in size. This class of Auto has a yellow license plate, and enjoys some privileges, and most automotive engineers would agree, this auto provides better safety protection than a motorcycle, and it is the alternative to a motorcycle for many in Japan who don’t have the income to afford a less efficient vehicle, OR just don’t want to spend their money on a more elegant, higher emissions, less efficient form of transportation. Yes, as you can imagine, K cars get great mileage, and they are considered by many, the ultimate inner city cars that have been refined over many years to perform with great efficiency.
If we compare the Safety standards in the USA, the thought of offering an alternative to the motorcycle or scooter riders is lacking. Those who would like to spend their money on something other than fuel or the more fancy ride have few or no choices depending on your view. But here in the USA, if you remove a wheel from a car, it becomes a class of vehicle that need not meet Auto Safety standards at all. Yes, those three wheelers are exempt from safety standards last I looked.
But I do think it’s interesting that our Government entities find the little K cars so appealing, and so right for their operations that they import them, and even use them on public roads, both state and country roads! Yes, the K cars appear to be plenty safe enough for them and their employees, but not for you 🙂 It reminds me of the new healthcare, it’s going to be plenty good enough for you, but not good enough for them, but of course the Gang Greenies follow the rhetoric, and pay no attention to the deeds of those who tell us what we can own, and what we can’t.
At the end of the day you need watch what they do, pay no attention to what they say.. it’s all about Empire building, money, power an influence. Saving tons of carbon? That’s really the last thing on their minds.