You Have To Emit, Change Is Coming To ‘Minnesota Motors’

A lot of news about vehicles and the emissions they put into our air has been rolling out lately. Here’s a summary, and what it means to Minnesota. This week the White House announced it’s plan for fast-tracking higher vehicle fuel efficiency standards and, for the first time, introduce a national program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The announcement has (for the moment) the support of most major automakers and environmental groups. More Minnestoa dealers may be closing soon, a move that will have ripple effects across the state.  A group of partners (including the American Lung Association in Minnesota) is looking to bring electric vehicles to the Twin Cities. The airport has already got one.  Don Shelby at WCCO-TV gets all excited about the idea, and also gets fired up about a student biodiesel project

Bottom line: things are changing fast — fewer dealerships are a certainty, new types of vehicles (and fuels) are coming, and for once, most of the major players are moving in the same direction.

2 Comments so far

  1. Brianne (brianne) on May 20th, 2009 @ 4:59 pm

    It’s really difficult to imagine rural Minnesotans driving smaller, lighter vehicles in our winter snow. I’m very curious to see how this all turns out… sure doesn’t seem like everything has been properly considered.

  2. Robert Moffitt (justpbob) on May 21st, 2009 @ 8:29 am

    I think Obama’s proposal has been somewhat mischaracterized as a "you must all drive a tiny car" plan. There will still be a large market for trucks and SUVs in future, however these vehicles may be hybrids, flex-fuel, diesel and just plan beter designed to get more miles per gallon of fuel.

    I do believe there will be a larger selection of fuel efficient vehicles coming sooner rather than later. If the econmy recovers, and people feel confident about buy a new car again, I think the auto makers can get back on track.

    However, it will be a different market in the future. I see these changes as permanent and far-reaching.

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