Thursday, August 30, 2012

54.5 MPG by 2025

On August 28th the Obama administration announced the new aggressive fuel economy standards for 2017-2025.  The new standards will cover cars and light trucks for Model Years 2017-2025, requiring performance equivalent to 54.5 mpg in 2025 while reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 163 grams per mile.

Inventions that increase fuel economy are expected to become a major component in the patentECO Transportation Index.  The USPTO Green Technology Pilot Program offered accelerated examination to patent applications that materially enhanced the quality of the environment, or that materially contributes to the discovery or development of renewable energy resources, the more efficient utilization and conservation of energy resources, or green house gas emission reduction.  Way Better Patents' analysis of the patent granted under the program revealed that 68% of the patents granted under the program through February 2012, a significant number of inventions, were inventions associated with internal combustion engines -- not electric vehicles or hybrid vehicle technology.  Internal Combustion Engines patents are for exhaust, fuel, or control system inventions.  The commercialization of these new technologies will help auto manufacturers meet the new fuel and greenhouse gas emissions standard.

The patentECO Green Technology Report provides a unique look at the impact of an accelerated examination program, and the companies and technologies that benefitted from it.  To learn more visit Way Better Patents.