Washington, DC - The US Administration has finalised new standards that will increase fuel economy to the equivalent of 54.5 mpg for cars and light-duty trucks by Model Year 2025.
When combined with previous standards set by the current Administration, the government said, this move will nearly double the fuel efficiency of those vehicles compared to new vehicles currently on our roads.
"These fuel standards represent the single most important step we've ever taken to reduce our dependence on foreign oil," said President Obama, in an official statement. "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 standards from the US Department of Transportation (DOT) and the US 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 raised average fuel efficiency by 2016 to the equivalent of 35.5 mpg.