America has driven a little bit further down the road toward clean and fuel efficient cars.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Transportation just announced their joint proposal to set new, stronger fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks – for model years 2017 to 2025.
EDF’s Fred Krupp said the announcement:
… is more good news for American consumers, auto manufacturers, public health and the environment. By 2025 we’ll have cars that on average get more than 54 miles to the gallon, save their owners more than $8,000 in fuel costs, save our country more than two million barrels of oil a day, and drastically reduce the carbon dioxide pollution in our air.
This is the second phase of setting new fuel efficiency standards for cars. The Administration already set standards for model year 2012 to 2016 cars, which will reach an average of 35.5 miles to the gallon.
But the newly proposed standards are the biggest step forward yet. Together with the earlier improvements, they will:
- Save Americans a total of $1.7 trillion in national fuel savings over the life of the program.
- Reduce our oil consumption by an amount more than our 2010 oil imports from the entire Persian Gulf, by the year 2025
- Reduce our carbon dioxide pollution, over the life of the program, by the equivalent to the emissions from the entire United States in 2010
You can get a lot more details, and a illustrative graph, on our new fact sheet.