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California, EPA Agree to Set New Fuel Economy Numbers Before September

January 21, 2011

“Last year the EPA, NHTSA, and California Air Resources Board concluded that it would be feasible for the government to mandate annual average fuel economy increases of between 3 and 6 percent, between the years 2017 and 2025—culminating in the federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE)  mandate hitting between 47 mpg and 62 mpg by the end of that period. Thanks to an agreement announced yesterday, it appears that the CARB and EPA regulatory bodies are on the same page, clearing the way for the most rapid and ambitious fuel economy hike in American history.”

“So what does it mean for consumers? A lot more hybrids, with a healthy dose of smaller cars, and a few more electric cars for good measure. Auto executives believe there is no practical way to bump up average fuel economy to the mid- or even high-50-mpg range without a massive shift to hybrid cars.”

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