By 2025, light cars and trucks will average 54.5 miles per gallon
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — U.S. automakers have been bragging about how they bounced back from the edge of disaster after the 2008 financial crash; now, with the adoption of new fuel efficiency standards, they’ll have a chance to prove how competitive they can be in a quickly changing world market that increasingly values energy efficiency.
The Obama administration this week finalized new rules to increase fuel economy to the equivalent of 54.5 mpg for cars and light-duty trucks by Model Year 2025. Coming on top of earlier standards, the latest move will almost double the fuel efficiency of newer vehicles compared to cars currently on the road.
Administration touts ‘historic new fuel efficiency and emissions standards; some green groups say it’s not enough
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY —Moving about as fast as an old-school Model T, the Obama administration will try to drag the automotive industry into the 21st century with a new set of fuel economy and greenhouse gas pollution standards for Model Year 2017-2025 passenger cars and light trucks.
It the standards are adopted, the average car should get about 54.5 mpg, cutting oil consumption by 4 billion barrels and reducing greenhouse-gas pollution by about 2 billion metric tons during the lifetimes of the vehicles sold in those years.
Cars, SUVs, minivans, and pickup trucks are currently responsible for nearly 60 percent of U.S. transportation-related petroleum use and greenhouse gas emissions.
The proposed standards are still subject to review and public comment. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the EPA plan to hold several public hearings around the country to allow further public input. Visit this government website for information on commenting and links to all the environmental and technical documents. Continue reading “Environment: 54.5 mpg and counting …”→