“Everybody’s going to have to get with it,” says General Motors’ “car czar, Bob Lutz. “Business as usual is not acceptable.”
That quote comes from The Car Connection Blog. To which I initially thought "blimey" after yesterday's news that GM was going to start supporting biofuel production. Then I thought it again after this quote
But then again, the normally conservative executive suggested that if the country is really serious about slashing fuel consumption, it should bite the bullet and sharply rise fuel taxes.
The best way, he said, “is to use market mechanisms to transition the American (motor vehicle fleet) to something more like what Europeans drive.”
There's also good news that the firm is looking at scrapping some big V6 ad V8 engines, switching to front wheel drive and smaller engines.
The car maker has promised to make 50% of its vehicles capable of running on ethanol-based E85 fuel by 2012, though it remains to be seen if supplies will grow to meet potential demand.
Is the Levitahan turning? will Amercians be sold cars as are high tech, which Europeans would think of as mid tech? and will the Administration take notice and up the tax take on fuel?... stay tuned for more on these themes.