Thursday, July 28

New deal to raise fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks

To increase fuel economy standards for automobiles and for other purposes.The administration and the leaders of the big three (Ford, General Motors and Dodge) have reached an agreement for the future fuel economy standards for the nations automotive needs.

The target fuel economy is now set at require U.S. vehicle fleets to average 54.5 miles per gallon. That represents a 40 percent reduction in fuel consumption compared with today’s vehicles. The environmental and public health groups have been fighting for a target of 62-mpg to be the standard.

The 62 Mpg target year?


The President will unveil the details of the program Friday at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

The fuel economy increase will of course spark a new rise in the fuel prices as we move forward and take us to the $8 to $9 a gallon mark by 2020.

Read the Washington Post story: Automakers, Obama administration agree on fuel efficiency standards through 2025 here.

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1 comment:

  1. Anonymous9:43 PM EDT

    How ‘bout “common sense” and “decency” from the auto/energy industry?
    In 1957 “Space technology” was a 2 foot ball (Sputnik) that stayed up for a mere 3 months and cars got about 15 MPG with an engine that you could overhaul in your back yard.
    FIFTY FOUR YEARS LATER we’ve got a swarm of long term satellites overhead, we’ve explored the moon and Mars, got ‘up-close and personal’ to every planet in our solar system and … but we’re supposed to be “impressed” with a mere DOUBLING of the MPG ratings in “cookie-cutter” cars (you can’t tell a Kia from a Caddy from 10 feet away) and, as a recent commercial ‘bragged’, has “rocket science” under the hood that’s all but untouchable by anyone but major commercial garages!


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