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Automakers Supporting Revision of Fuel Efficiency Standards

Move comes despite public support for tougher mandates.

by on Oct.09, 2017

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt reopened the review of tougher CAFE standards going into effect for 2025.

Automakers want federal regulators to revise fuel efficiency mandates because meeting the standard for 2025 of 54.5 mpg would be cost prohibitive and, perhaps more importantly, U.S. consumers do not care about the mandate anyway, according to two trade association groups representing automakers.

The revelation, which comes two months after automakers said they were onboard with the tougher rules, was unveiled in testimony submitted in advance of meetings being held by the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about the topic.

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The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, which represents General Motors, Toyota, Volkswagen and other companies, also points out that EPA understated the costs of technologies needed to meet the 2025 requirements. (more…)