Article | 2004

Reforming the Automobile Fuel Economy Standards Program: Letter to the NHTSA

By Amory Lovins

In this 2004 letter to the NHTSA, Amory Lovins challenges the agency’s proposed policy about the Automobile Fuel Economy Standards Program. He argues that NHTSA’s policy should be performance-based, not prescriptive; that the standards should be neutral as to vehicle mass, or favor the down-sized vehicles; if fuel-economy choices are desired to be decoupled from vehicle-size-class choices, then this is done by normalizing to size; and the standards should be technology-neutral or technology-forcing.