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White House Locks Down 54.5 MPG Fuel Economy Standard

“Single most important step” to reduce dependence on foreign oil, says President.

by on Aug.28, 2012

The new mileage standards appear to have solid public support -- especially as gas prices resume their upwards surge.

Bouncing back from an unexpected delay, the Obama Administration today formalized a more than 50% increase in federal automotive fuel economy standards.

Even with automakers struggling to meet the 2016 Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE, target of 35.5 miles per gallon, the industry will now face a 54.5 mpg goal for 2025.  That figure is the result of extensive debate between industry, environmentalists and government regulators.

But there had been questions raised, earlier this month, when the White House unexpectedly delayed the release of the official rules.  The 2025 CAFE proposal, like much of Pres. Barack Obama’s energy policy, had come under fire from a Republican party set to formalize Mitt Romney as its presidential nominee this week.

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“These fuel standards represent the single most important step we’ve ever taken to reduce our dependence on foreign oil,” the President declared in a statement accompany the release of the new mileage regulations.

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Is White House Re-Thinking 54.5 MPG Rule?

EPA delays final decision.

by on Aug.21, 2012

Will all cars in 2025 have to use battery technology like the Infiniti Emerg-E concept?

A week after the EPA was expected to formalize its proposed 54.5 mpg mileage rules for 2025 it appears the Obama Administration could be months away from locking things down.

Despite the reluctant buy-in of most manufacturers there appears to still be some heated opposition to the Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE update – which would require the industry to increase mileage by about 50% over the already strict guidelines now in place for 2016.

“We expect the process to be completed soon,” an administration official says, though exactly when is uncertain.

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Few expect any major changes to the rules – which was hammered out after some bitter debate between the auto industry, auto unions, environmentalists and the Obama White House.  Earlier proposals would have pushed the CAFE numbers well above 60 mpg.  But with a few exceptions, everyone finally appeared to sign on once the compromise 54.5 mpg number was announced.

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Consumers Support 54.5 MPG CAFE, Says New Study

Motorists support 54.5 mpg proposal.

by on Jul.16, 2012

The typical 2025 model will have to offer even better mileage than the new Toyota Prius C, if proposed CAFE rules are enacted.

Despite the recent decline in fuel prices, American motorists still want significantly higher fuel economy from the cars and trucks they buy, according to a new study that found nearly nine in ten of those surveyed want the U.S. to reduce oil consumption while three in four support a proposed increase in the federal mileage standard to 54.5 mpg.

The new report by the Consumer Federation of America was not-so-coincidentally released just before the government is set to finalize a major — and still-controversial – increase in the Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE, standard. The Obama Administration says it plans to nearly double mandated mileage by 2025.

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“The 54.5 mpg by 2025 standard will be one of the most important consumer protection measures to be adopted in decades,” said Mark Cooper, Director of Research for CFA, an association of nearly 300 nonprofit consumer advocacy organizations across the country.

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Fuel Economy Hits New Record in January

Greenhouse gases down 14% since 2007.

by on Feb.14, 2012

The fuel economy of the average vehicle sold in the U.S. rose to 23 mpg in January.

New data from the University of Michigan indicates consumers are serious about finding cleaner, more fuel efficient vehicles.

Fuel economy of all new vehicles sold in the United States last month was at its highest mark ever, say researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. Meanwhile, greenhouse gas emissions linked to global warming have dropped sharply over the last four years, according to new data.

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Studies by various automakers have long indicated consumers consider fuel economy important and in recent years, under pressure from tougher fuel economy and emission mandates in Europe, Asia and the U.S., manufacturers have begun to deliver substantial fuel economy improvement across all vehicle segments. In addition, SUVs, a critical element of the US, vehicle fleet have undergone a major revolution in recent becoming on average smaller, lighter and more fuel efficient.

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Average Auto’s Fuel Economy Rising Fast

Hybrids the only segment where mileage dropped.

by on Feb.07, 2012

The mileage of the average diesel -- like this Porsche Cayenne diesel -- rose almost 10 mpg since 2008, according to a new study.

After years of little growth, the fuel economy of the typical new car sold in the U.S. is now rising rapidly, according to a new study that found that new vehicles are getting an average 14% better mileage than just four years ago.

For all 2012 light-duty vehicles. including cars, pickup trucks, minivans, vans and SUVs, the average miles per gallon is 21.5, compared to 18.9 mpg for model year 2008 vehicles, according to a new study by the University of Michigan. The averages were 21.2 for 2011, 20.7 for 2010 and 19 for 2009, the study said.

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That figure is an average of all the vehicles on the road but when weighted to reflect actual market demand, the shift away from large, gas-guzzling trucks to smaller, more efficient passenger cars and crossover, the shift is even more obvious, raising the average by another one to two miles per gallon.

The typical car sold in 2011 got 22.5 mpg, up from 20.8 mpg as recently as 2008.

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