WASHINGTON ? Yesterday, the Obama administration finalized standards that will increase fuel economy to the equivalent of 54.5 mpg for cars and light-duty trucks by model year 2025. When combined with previous standards set by this administration, this move will nearly double the fuel efficiency of those vehicles compared to new vehicles currently on the road.
The administration?s program would reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save consumers ?more than $1.7 trillion at the gas pump and reduce U.S. oil consumption by 12 billion barrels,? according to a press release.
?These fuel standards represent the single most important step we?ve ever taken to reduce our dependence on foreign oil,?�said President Obama. ?This historic agreement builds on the progress we?ve already made to save families money at the pump and cut our oil consumption. By the middle of the next decade our cars will get nearly 55 miles per gallon, almost double what they get today. It?ll strengthen our nation?s energy security, it?s good for middle class families and it will help create an economy built to last.?
Last year, 13 major automakers joined Obama in announcing their support for the new standards. By aligning federal and state requirements and providing manufacturers
?Simply put, this groundbreaking program will result in vehicles that use less gas, travel farther, and provide more efficiency for consumers than ever before ? all while protecting the air we breathe and giving automakers the regulatory certainty to build the cars of the future here in America,? said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. ?Today, automakers are seeing their more fuel-efficient vehicles climb in sales, while families already saving money under the Administration?s first fuel economy efforts will save even more in the future, making this announcement a victory for everyone.?
Earlier this year, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its long-term Annual Energy Outlook and modeled to evaluate the effect of the proposed efficiency standards on fuel consumption, vehicle characteristics, etc. Next month, NACS will release its evaluation of EIA?s report to project the effect such efficiency standards may have on the fuels retailing industry.