27 Jul '11, 3pm

54.5 MPG by 2025: 6 Major Automakers Endorse Obama's Fuel Efficiency Plan

54.5 MPG by 2025: 6 Major Automakers Endorse Obama's Fuel Efficiency Plan

Photo credit: eutrophication&hypoxia via Flickr /CC BY One of the major obstacles has just been cleared, showing that the Obama administration's ambitious fuel efficiency plans may indeed come to pass: Six of the nation's biggest automakers have just endorsed a 54.5 miles per gallon fuel efficiency standard for cars by 2025. It's a glimmer of good news in what are otherwise dark times for environmental policy in the U.S. Here are the details: The Big Three -- Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors -- have all stated that 54.5 mpg is an acceptable, achievable mileage standard, after negotiating the number down from 56.2 mpg. Hyundai, Nissan , and Honda also said they'll sign on, and Toyota had long ago expressed support. The Detroit News reports : The new plan calls for hiking fuel efficiency for light trucks 3.5 percent annually from 2017-21 -- and then by 5 percent from 2022-...

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