Facing the prospect of opposition from the new, Republican-controlled House of Representatives, federal regulators recently announced a delay in setting out proposed new fuel economy standards – which many have expected to push as high as 62 mpg by 2025.
But at least one challenge to raising the numbers appears to have been overcome. The Department of Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency – and the State of California – have all agreed they will speak with one voice, rather than releasing their own proposals and then trying to work out a very public compromise.
Whatever the number, the government agencies involved in updating the Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE, standard plan to make their unified announcement by September 1.
“By working together with EPA and the California Air Resources Board to develop standards for the next generation of clean cars, we can set a standard that works for automakers across the country,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.