28 Jul '11, 10pm

Improved Standards for Cars Will Cut Oil Dependence and Pollution while Saving Consumers Billions at the Gas Pump

Tomorrow, President Obama is expected to announce a plan to raise the average fuel economy of new cars, SUVs, minivans and pickups to the equivalent of 54.5 miles per gallon (mpg) by 2025. The new vehicle standards, set to be finalized next summer, will give consumers more choices of clean, fuel-efficient models leading to dramatically less carbon pollution and gasoline consumption. The new standards apply to model years 2017 to 2025 and extend the light-duty vehicle National Program that currently ramps up fuel economy to 34.1 mpg and reduces carbon pollution to 250 gCO2-equivalent per mile (gCO2e/mi) by 2016. Today’s new cars and light trucks average about 28.3 mpg and 314 gCO2e/mi in the EPA standards test. Under the Administration’s plan, the 54.5 mpg target is equal to an emissions level of about 163 gCO2e/mi, and achieving the target will result in a 48% reduction in...

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