By Andrew Nusca
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The Obama administration officially reveals new fuel economy standards: 54.5 miles per gallon equivalent by 2025, starting in 2017.
U.S. president Barack Obama on Friday officially revealed the next phase of his administration's push to increase fuel economy standards and reduce greenhouse gas pollution for all new cars and trucks.
These new standards, which will cover cars and light trucks for model years 2017 through 2025, require a performance equivalent to 54.5 miles per gallon in 2025 -- reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 163 grams per mile.
Obama reiterated that stricter fuel standards will reduce the nation's dependence on oil (by 12 billion barrels, or 2.2 million per day), protect the environment and save consumers money at the pump -- to the tune of $1.7 trillion dollars over a vehicle's lifetime, the administration estimates.
To add context to the oil savings figure, that's more than the U.S. imports from any other country except Canada. And as vehicles themselves become more efficient, then replace older models on the road, that figure is expected to climb to 4 million barrels per day, "nearly as much as we import from all OPEC countries combined."
As for the environmental impact, the standards are estimated to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 6 billion metric tons -- as much greenhouse gases as the U.S. emitted last year.
CNET colleague Martin LaMonica details the technologies automakers will use to get there:
Rather than a dramatic shift to electric vehicles, the standards will prod automakers to consider technologies not yet been used en masse, such as alternative engine designs or microhybrids. Least visible to consumers will be improvements to internal combustion engines and lighter vehicles. Hybrids and microhybrids, also called start-stop technology where the engine turns off when the vehicle is idle, are poised for broader use as well.
So what's it all mean for automakers?
CBS MoneyWatch colleague Jerry Edgerton explains:
One reason Ford, GM and Chrysler may have gone along with the new regulation is that they got a lower standard for their profitable pickup trucks. The cumulative 2025 standard for cars is 60 MPG. But the lower truck requirement brings the overall average down to 54.5. (The White House had originally been pushing for a 62 MPG overall average, but Ford, General Motors and foreign automakers managed successfully lobbied for the lower figure.)
The hope, of course, is that the increased competition to offer fuel efficient vehicles reduces the premium on them, especially for those with electric powertrains. Win-win?
Jul 29, 2011
I believe we should support even small steps it they are in the right direction. This is the right direction. Instead of posting a bunch of negative rants, why not say "Good Going. It's a start and we think we can do more."
I've been driving fuel-efficient vehicles for my entire 42 years behind the wheel - Honda AN/AZ600's (40+ MPG), Civic FE (55 MPG), VX (55+ MPG), and plethora of other highly efficient Fiat, VW, Toyota, and Suzuki models thrown in the mix. 54.5 in 13 more years? Really?? The Chevrolet Aveo 5 that I currently drive is lucky to achieve 30 MPG (if I'm conservative): It's slightly smaller clone - the Matiz (also, a Daewoo product) - is sold by Chevrolet in Europe and around the world for $11,500 USD (in London), and for that you get 54.3 MPG! I just "imported" a 2004 Toyota Echo 5-door hatchback from Canada (45 MPG) for my daughter: Virtually the same as the new Yaris 5-door (finally arriving here, this summer), except it achieves 10 MPG better fuel economy, and at 40% of the Yaris' list price (including customs fees and transport expenses)! The Fiat 500 TwinAir returns 68.9 MPG, and over 80 with the inline electric hybrid combo, but we'll never see it here.... Even Canadians are allowed to import these wonderful KEI class Japanese vehicles, and an entire cottage industry of sales, parts, and service has developed to support them! The first Smart cars to arrive in North America - 80 MPG diesel versions, only - went to Canada - not the US: What did WE finally receive? Versions that run on premium fuel, and barely acheive 40 MPG... not even an option to acquire an efficient diesel power plant. All over Europe and Asia, drivers have been enjoying pocket-rockets - copiously equipped with all the amenities that Detroit tells us Americans "cannot live without"... enjoying 40~60 MPG across the spectrum. Somehow, they manage to coexist with all other traffic at autobahn velocities, yet even today the pundits proclaim "they'll never sell here!" Thanks to Big Oil and protectionist interests, they're probably right... Not so long ago, domestic manufacturers were pleading for billions to help them develop more fuel-efficient technologies and vehicles: Seems to me - since they're already selling them elsewhere - it'd be fairly simple to manufacture those same models here, providing much-needed employment to our citizenry? I am SO TIRED of being told "we" won't buy these vehicles, when we've never been given the chance: Every iteration that arrives here, is sold WITHOUT even an option to select the most fuel efficient drive trains! I for one would gladly sacrifice "0~60" performance, for 60 MPG - any day.. no, make that EVERY day of the week, and from what I'm hearing there are plenty of others out there who agree...
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Hello. Even if that standard was attained by 2025, gas prices would be so high that people could barely drive anywhere. You have seen how much they can increase in even a couple of years, and it will get worse.
It must be a joke! in 1970..it was 35 mpg. in 2015 it should electric and by 2025 it should be NO MORE FOSSIL FUEL. or we end up fighting for the last drop of oil...sacrificing our children and grandchildren's lives to secure that very little oil. you know that ? and more climatic changes. next moment you are sitting on your rooftop because your whole town is flooded AGAIN