Cars and trucks represent only 20 percent of America’s annual carbon emissions, yet automakers are the only industry committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions of new products by 30 percent in just five years. This reduction is the carbon equivalent of
eliminating 50 coal plants.
The EPA estimates that achieving this standard could cost automakers nearly $52 billion in research and development costs alone. Retooling, materials and manufacturing costs will also be substantial.
Already, automakers offer more than 150 new hybrids, all-electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Chrysler, Ford and GM alone are putting millions of flex fuel vehicles on the road each year.
Auto sales rose in May, helped by stronger consumer confidence and a rebound in home sales and construction.
As May ends, and the auto industry starts to celebrate what will likely be another great month for sales, Ford has its own claim to fame.
DETROIT (WKZO) -- General Motors is donating 50-thousand dollars to Forgotten Harvest's "Help 4 Oklahoma" campaign.