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Obama Administration finalizes 54.5 mpg fuel efficiency standards

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - 17:50
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The Obama Administration on Aug. 28 finalized new standards that will increase fuel economy to the equivalent of 54.5 mpg for cars and light-duty trucks by model year 2025, a move that will impact collision repairers.

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When combined with previous standards set by the Administration, this move will nearly double the fuel efficiency of those vehicles compared to new vehicles currently on the road. In total, the Administration says its national program to improve fuel economy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions will save consumers more than $1.7 trillion at the gas pump and reduce U.S. oil consumption by 12 billion barrels.

The standards will push automakers to continue to develop lightweight steels, aluminum and other materials to achieve fuel savings, which will impact how vehicles are repaired.

"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."

The historic standards issued today by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) build on the success of the Administration’s standards for cars and light trucks for Model Years 2011-2016. Those standards, which raised average fuel efficiency by 2016 to the equivalent of 35.5 mpg, are already saving families money at the pump.

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