25 Jul '16, 7pm

Debate Stirred Up Over 54.5 MPG Target as Light Truck Sales Skew the Numbers

Debate Stirred Up Over 54.5 MPG Target as Light Truck Sales Skew the Numbers

Debate over the reality of meeting the 54.5 mpg by 2025 goal has been flared between environmentalists, regulators, and automakers as the U.S. Midterm Evaluation ensues. The inflated sales of pickup trucks, SUVs, and crossovers coming from cheap gas prices has changed the outlook for the 2025 target closer to “51 mpg” – realistically, somewhere in the mid-upper 30s on window stickers. The 1,217-page draft “Technical Assessment Report” was issued on July 15 by the Environmental Protection Agency, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and California Air Resources Board for a 60-day public comment period. The 54.5 mpg target originally was a projection based on the assumption that 67 percent of production in 2025 would consist of cars, and 33 percent would be light trucks. Low fuel prices have kept demand for pickups, SUVs and crossovers at around 50 percent of the ...

Full article: http://www.hybridcars.com/debate-stirred-up-over-54-5-mpg...

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