28 Jul '11, 8pm

A 54.5 MPG Standard To Hit in 2025: Here are Ten Ways to Improve Mileage: The White House and the major automa...

A 54.5 MPG Standard To Hit in 2025: Here are Ten Ways to Improve Mileage: The White House and the major automa...

The White House and the major automakers are on the verge of a deal that would raise the average fuel efficiency for cars and light trucks to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025 , according to the Washington Post. It's a definite jump. Right now, the fleet average mileage for new cars coming off the line is 28.3 MPG and will have to jump to 34.1 MPG by 2016. The White House had been shooting for an upper limit of 62 MPG by 2025 while the lower limit had been touted at around 42 MPG. Thus, the compromise figure of 54.5 MPG is toward the middle with a nudge to the high side. So what will automakers do to get there? 1. Diesel. Diesel engines generally get better mileage than their gas counterparts and auto manufacturers have managed to cut down the particulate matter, SOx and NOx that gave diesel a bad name in the 70s, 80s and 90s. Nearly half of all U.S. gas stations have diesel n...

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