White House Delays 2017-2025 Fuel Economy Standards


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Benign Delay?
By today, the DoT and EPA were supposed to have proposed a draft for the 2017-2025 Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) law that regulates fuel economy for vehicles sold in the US. But it's not happening. Word on the street is that more time is needed to hammer out the details and that the draft should instead be released around November. Hopefully this doesn't mean that the target of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025 will be reduced or otherwise diminished.
MPG historical

Source: U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics
Reuters writes: "The administration would, with a short delay, remain on track to meet its deadline for issuing final rules next July, five years before they take effect. That timeline gives the industry room to plan its vehicle mix and make any production or technology changes."

It's certainly not a magical solution, and hopefully by 2025 a very large fraction of vehicles won't run on fossil fuels at all. But it's good to see some movement in CAFE standards after decades of stagnation.

Still, it's always best to walk, bike, take transit, etc...

Via Reuters
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