WASHINGTON, D.C. — President George Bush met with officials from the U.S. Postal Service, Fedex, UPS, and DaimlerChrysler "to talk about how we are using new technologies to convert truck fleets, bus fleets to vehicles that will be able to help meet the goal of reducing gasoline usage by 20% over 10 years." The president also reviewed a group of advanced technology commercial vehicles at an event at a U.S. Postal facility, one day after meeting with the CEOs of General Motors, Ford, and DaimlerChrysler's Chrysler Group at the White House. Bush talked about the need for additional government funding of research with the CEOs and alluded to that, suggesting the White House may be more open to upping research funding for automakers, especially on advanced batteries.
Bush's gasoline reduction plan relies on dramatically increasing ethanol use by 2017 — to 35 billion gallons annually — and increasing the fuel efficiency of vehicles to reduce gasoline usage by 5%, or 8.5 billion gallons annually. The White House said reaching that goal will require automakers to increase fuel efficiency of vehicles by an average of 4% a year. A Bush administration analysis said that could cost the auto industry $114 billion between 2010 and 2017, including $85 billion for domestic automakers. Automakers have strongly opposed that aspect of the plan, though they support reforming the way passenger car fuel economy regulations are set.
Source: The Detroit News