White House wants cars with an average fuel-economy of 56.2 miles per gallon by 2025

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 25, 2011

The White House made a proposal last week for the fuel economy of cars and light trucks to have an average of 56.2 miles per gallon by 2025. U.S. automakers as well as foreign companies that sell vehicles in the U.S. would be asked to comply with this rule if it pushes through.

The Obama administration held separate meetings with the Detroit 3 (Ford, General Motors and Chrysler Group) to study the impact of a 56.2 mpg fuel-economy target, according to sources.

This stands for a 5% improvement pear each in each firm’s fleetwide average fuel economy from 2016, when they would have to reach a 35.5 mpg average for vehicles offered in the U.S. Obama is facing pressure from Republicans such as Environmental Protection Agency administrators to impose "aggressive" fuel economy standards for 2017 to 2025, which are the years covered by the rule that’s currently being drafted.

The EPA and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration concluded that raising fuel economy by the amount proposed would cost at least $2,100 per vehicle.

The two agencies have stated that they will come out with a proposed rule by Sept. 30. Another agency that is helping to write the rule is California's Air Resources Board.

In an email Clark Stevens, a White House spokesman, said that the government is working closely with several stakeholders in order to develop an important standard as a means to save money as well as keep jobs in country.

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