Japan is raising its fuel economy standards, too! (Ship your Japanese vehicle with Nationwide!)

Posted September 12th, 2011 by Chip Shipt and filed in Auto
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In my last post, I talked about how the US was raising its fuel economy standards (check out the post, it’s pretty interesting).

Well, it just so happens that Japan is raising its fuel economy standards, too.

The new regulations will introduce a new CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) system, the kind of system that’s been used in the US for many decades. With CAFE, an auto manufacturer can offer both gas guzzlers and gas sippers just so long as the average fuel economy of its entire fleet for a model year meets the required average. Hence, “corporate average.”

Until now, however, Japan has had a different system. Cars were split up into 16 different weight classes, and manufacturers had to meet the requirement for each class. This was tough, since it’s much easier to meet the requirement once over a large pool of vehicles than meet it 16 different times.

In any case, manufacturers will have to achieve a figure of 20.3 km/L (47.4 mpg) by 2020 – over 24 percent higher than the actual 2009 figure of 16.3 km/L (38.3 mpg).

If you have a Japanese vehicle that you would like shipped anywhere in the 48 contiguous states, Nationwide is your answer! Please contact one of our Japanese Car Shipping Experts today.

By the way, the video is of this really cool roller coaster in Japan. Frankly, it has nothing to do with this post, but I thought you would like it!

Chip Shipt
The Nationwide Auto Transport Blog Team

America is raising its fuel economy standards (ship your fuel-efficient vehicle with Nationwide!)

Posted September 8th, 2011 by Chip Shipt and filed in Auto
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Ship your fuel-efficient vehicle with Nationwide Auto Transport!

On July 29, President Obama announced that automakers will be required to raise the average fuel economy of their passenger car fleets from a current 30.2 mpg to 54.5 mpg! Wow, right?

First, keep in mind that the figure refers to Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE). So a company can have gas-guzzlers just so long as it has fuel-sipping plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles to even things out.

Also, these changes won’t happen overnight. There will be a 5% rise per for passenger cars through the 2017-2025 model years.

To make this all happen, the federal government, California and 13 automobile manufacturers got together and had a nice talk. By way of background, in 2009, federal and state agencies came together on a single national standard for 2012-2016. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is pretty influential in these matters, since the California automobile market is so big.

What’s in it for the car companies? They get a single national standard that’s a done deal, so they can more easily plan for the future.

In any case, as you can see from the infographic that comes from the White House Blog, these standards are going to save the country a lot of money.

Keep in mind, however, that Nationwide will ship virtually any car–no questions about fuel economy asked! For more information, please talk to one of our Auto Transport Experts today!

Chip Shipt
The Nationwide Auto Transport Blog Team

Do you have your USDOT Number? Our drivers have theirs!

Posted August 8th, 2011 by Chip Shipt and filed in Auto
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As Stephen R. Covey suggested, I try to keep the saw sharp, so last week I attended a seminar on all the federal and state rules you have to follow if you want to operate a commercial vehicle and haul cargo.

It’s quite complex. If you are operating a truck or RV without or without a trailer for private purposes, there are certainly rules to follow, and there are a lot more rules to follow if you are operating these or other vehicles for a business purpose. To relate the issue to auto transport, if you need to ship automobiles for your business and choose to do so yourself, there are a bunch of things to do to make sure you are not in violation of the rules. Otherwise, you could find yourself pulled over to the side of the road. You could be ticketed or even have your vehicle impounded.

For example, have you ever noticed the USDOT Number printed on the cab of virtually every semi tractor? According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration,

Companies that operate commercial vehicles transporting passengers or hauling cargo in interstate commerce must be registered with the FMCSA Do you have your USDOT number? Our drivers have theirs!and must have a USDOT Number. Also, commercial intrastate hazardous materials carriers who haul quantities requiring a safety permit must register for a USDOT Number. The USDOT Number serves as a unique identifier when collecting and monitoring a company’s safety information acquired during audits, compliance reviews, crash investigations, and inspections.

All of our drivers have the USDOT Numbers they need and comply with all federal and state regulations. We make sure we do things right so that you don’t even have to think about them. That’s why so many businesses turn to us for all of their car shipping needs. Usually, it’s safer, cheaper, and more practical to use Nationwide than to try to do it all yourself!

For more information, please contact one of our Auto Shipping Experts today.

Chip Shipt
The Nationwide Auto Transport Blog Team