There are lots of ways our government is trying to gently nudge (or coerce) automakers into making more fuel efficient cars. There are of course the upgraded CAFE standards, which demand a fleet-wide fuel economy average for cars of 35.5 mpg by 2016. The Feds have also given out billions in low-interest loans to electric car makers and alt-fuel startups. But what about a tax?
As it turns out, the Peoples Republic of China already imposes a tax on engines with more than 2.0 liters of displacement, and Washington state has also considered just such an idea. But is it a good one?
Big engines are defiantly on their way out… and I don’t think they need much help to get there. The new fuel economy standards will likely be the final push automakers need to ditch big V8 engines. Ford has EcoBoost, and GM is working on its own version of a twin-turbo V6. Nature is running its course, and while I’ll always have a spot in my heart for big block engines… times are a-changin’.
What do you guys think? Tax a car based on the size of its engine, or let natural selection weed out what engines live and what die?