Cars may have to get 56 mpg by 2025

by Cornelius Nunev

A week ago the Obama administration met with the big three United States car makers to discuss having all cars and light trucks meet an average of 56.2 mpg standard by 2025. The change would boost the price of automobiles, but supporters say it could be made up at the gas pumps. Numerous say the plan is too ambitious.

Big three all meets

Discussing a program was something administration officials wanted to do with some corporations. This integrated separate, private meetings with GM, Chrysler and Ford. Vehicles would have a $2,100 average increase with the new requirement. That is about how much additional you will pay for a car after changes are made. The rule will be decided by September 30 by the Environmental Protection Agency (Environmental Protection Agency) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

2016 standard already there

There's a compromised figure. That is all it is. Already, 35.5 mpg is expected by 2016. Car makers are working on that. Specifications have to range between 47 mpg and 62 miles per gallon between 2017 and 2025. This is what the Environmental Protection Agency and Transportation Department considered acceptable. There could be a 5 percent improvement every intervening year with the new requirement.

Some have high expectations of what will happen

Environmental groups want the increased standard of 62 mpg. Roland Hwang, transportation program director at the Natural Resources Defense Council, said, "Fifty-six mpg, while not as ambitious as the level we have been advocating, is a doubling in fuel efficiency from today's average passenger vehicle and would cut drivers' fuel bills in half."

Dan Becker is at the Center for Auto Safety as the director of the Safe Climate Campaign. He said, "It is not just the number that matters. It's the loopholes underneath it. And automakers will look to turn whatever number it is into Swiss cheese."

A government analysis has shown that to achieve 62 mpg, all automobiles could be required to be gas-electric hybrids.

Auto dealers discover the plan 'overly ambitious'

The 56.2 mpg figure isn't a realistic one according to National Automobile Dealers Association spokesman Baily Wood. "Overly ambitious standards set 14 years in the future risk severe economic harm if customer wants and needs are not met," he said.

Statements made by two of the three

GM's North American president Mark Reuss was optimistic. "When you put those things in for the first time, they may be more expensive. But this is a volume and scale industry. What was very expensive in the past is no longer very expensive."

Christin Baker, a spokeswoman for Ford, was more cautious. She said Ford would support a "national program that is data driven and factors in the impact of this rule-making on jobs, the economy, consumers and safety." She didn't mention the 56 mpg figure. There were no comments about it.

There still has been no Chrysler comment. The company may make one in the future still.

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