Ricardo Research Group Finds 54.5 MPG Achievable By 2025
Meeting the government's aggressive fuel economy standards by 2025 will require a combination of technologies that exist today, assuming they continue to evolve, engineering experts at supplier Ricardo say.
But much of it will depend on consumers. They must migrate to smaller vehicles in greater numbers, says the team at Ricardo, who analyzed current and future fuel-savings technologies Friday at the Van Buren Township research center.
The company had a contract with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to assess the feasibility of the 2025 model year target of an average 54.5 m.p.g. That translates to about a 63% improvement over the efficiency of today's new vehicle fleet.
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