White House Proposes 56.2 MPG by 2025

Auto industry not happy about proposal, fearing it will make cars unaffordable.

Published: 28-Jun-2011

On Monday the U.S. White House pulled the curtain on an ambitious proposal to update the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. Under the plan, automakers would have to bump their average fuel economy from 34.1 mpg by 2016 (currently mandated by law) to 56.2 mpg by 2025 (proposed).

That's an average increase of about 5 percent per year. The proposal applies to the average fleet economy over automakers car, light van (under 10k lb.), light SUV (under 10k lb.), and light truck lineups. One thing's for sure -- neither environmentalists nor the automakers seem entirely satisfied with the proposal, for different reasons.

I. What the White House Wants


Azure Dynamics Transit Connect top third position after Nissan LEAF.

Mitsubishi i-MiEV ranks number one at top of EPA fuel economy rating at 105 mpge.

2012 Kia Optima Hybrid

US makers of mid-size, high MPG cars are working overtime to meet demand, reports the Chrisitan Science Monitor.


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