29 Jul '11, 6am

Obama announces agreement on new pollution & fuel efficiency standards for cars & light trucks

Today President Obama will announce a third historic agreement to bring us cleaner cars and trucks, dramatically cutting carbon pollution and raising fuel economy for new cars, SUVs, minivans, and pick-ups built between 2017 and 2025. The latest Clean Car Peace Treaty builds on a 2009 agreement for 2012-16 vehicles, and a 2010 pact to clean up heavy-duty trucks and buses. The standards issued under the first agreement will cut carbon pollution from 2016 model vehicles by 30 percent and raise their fuel economy to 35.5 miles per gallon. NRDC’s vehicle experts Roland Hwang and Luke Tonachel show how the latest standards will ratchet carbon pollution down to just over half the level of current vehicles, and will crank up fuel efficiency standards to 54.5 mpg by 2025. (Go to Roland's and Luke’s posts for the nitty-gritty on grams per mile of CO2 and miles per gallon for cars a...

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