SIZE-BASED FEES AND REBATES FOR REDUCING LIGHT VEHICLE ENERGY USE AND CARBON DIOXIDE EMISSIONS

Vehicle purchase price incentives in the form of fees and rebates ("feebates") linked to vehicle efficiency are a potential mechanism for reducing U.S. transportation energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. General principles for formulating feebates are described, and issues to be addressed in developing a workable feebate program are identified, particularly treatment of light trucks and differential impacts on manufacturers. Size-adjusted feebates are introduced as a way to mitigate the intermanufacturer equity concerns that arise with a system based only on fuel consumption. The impacts of various feebate formulations are examined by a nameplate-level static analysis of the 1990 fleet. By separating cars from light trucks and choosing an appropriate size-adjusted approach, it is possible to develop a feebate system that does not disadvantage U.S. automobile makers. The data base analyzed also reveals a significant variation among different configurations of a given nameplate. Although further analysis is needed, the size-based feebate concepts presented here may serve as a foundation for designing vehicle price incentives to reduce energy use and carbon dioxide emissions.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 138-147
  • Monograph Title: Environmental issues: energy, water, noise, waste, and natural resources
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00711773
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 030906113X
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Sep 18 1995 12:00AM