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New Fuel-Efficiency Standards Set to Boost MPG

The average fuel economy of U.S. vehicle fleets is set to reach 54.5 mpg by 2025 thanks to the latest fuel-efficiency standards.

| April/May 2014

On the first Earth Day in 1970, cars on U.S. roads averaged just 13 miles per gallon. Thankfully, we leave that number further in the dust each time Congress enacts new fuel-efficiency standards. The 2012 Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulations dictate that cars and light trucks must operate at an average of 54.5 mpg by 2025.

The mandate applies to all models sold by an automaker, although an automaker can offset its less-efficient machines with higher-mpg electric vehicles and hybrids. Thirteen major automakers negotiated with the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to produce these new standards. Vehicle prices will likely rise, but consumers should save trillions at the pump. Even better: Greenhouse gas emissions and foreign oil imports will decline as the industry meets CAFE goals.


is an Associate Editor at MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine, where her beats include DIY and Green Transportation. She's an avid cyclist and has never met a vegetable she didn't like. You can find her on .

VirtualSteve
3/14/2014 10:31:46 AM

Why do we have to wait 11 years to achieve an average fuel economy of 54.5 mpg when the technology already exists to do it now? Europe has already been able to accomplish this level of fuel economy, why can't we do it in the US?


upnorthmn
3/14/2014 9:19:56 AM

If only EPA would reduce some over regulated limitations on the vehicles.







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