Alternative-Fuel and Electric Vehicles Markets Look to Benefit From Proposed Fuel Economy Standards

The electric vehicles market will look to benefit from new fuel economy rules recently proposed by the Obama administration.

The new fuel economy standards will require auto manufacturers to nearly double the average efficiency of cars and light trucks to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, and include incentives for the production of electric and hybrid vehicles.

Five Star Equities examines the outlook for companies in the Alternative Auto Parts Industry and provides equity research on Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (NASDAQ: CLNE) and Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies (NASDAQ: QTWW).

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The new standards, which are aimed to cut fuel consumption and greenhouse emissions, will increase pressure on manufacturers to produce more alternative-fuel and electric vehicles.

Image: Obama in all-electric vehicle

The administration has said the new rules would see emissions slashed by 50 percent by 2025, and would save Americans approximately $1.7 trillion in fuel costs.

“These fuel standards represent the single most important step we’ve ever taken to reduce our dependence on foreign oil,” President Obama said in a statement.

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Clean Energy Fuels is a provider of natural gas as an alternative fuel for vehicle fleets in the United States and Canada. The company designs, builds, operates, and maintains fueling stations, as well as supplies compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel for medium and heavy-duty vehicles. Clean Energy reported that for the second quarter of 2012 gallons delivered totaled 48.6 million gallons, a 24 percent increase from the 39.2 million gallons delivered in the same period a year ago.

Quantum’s portfolio of technologies includes electronic and software controls, hybrid electric drive systems, natural gas and hydrogen storage and metering systems and other alternative fuel technologies and solutions that enable fuel efficient, low emission hybrid, plug-in hybrid electric, fuel cell, and natural gas vehicles.