Obama Pushing to Double Fuel Efficiency Standards
Move would catch US up to Europe, China and Japan
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jul 4, 2011 9:50 AM CDT
In this May 27, 2011 photo, a customer fuels up his car in view of gas prices, in Philadelphia.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Newser) – The Obama administration is trying to convince automakers to accept a significant hike in fuel efficiency standards that would put US vehicles on par with those sold in Europe, Japan and China. The administration would like to raise the standard to 56.2 miles per gallon, or roughly double the current level, by 2025, the New York Times reports. Automakers have the tech to do that, but aren’t thrilled with the cars it would produce.

To meet that standard, cars will have to be smaller, lighter, and in some cases more expensive. “We can build these vehicles,” says an executive for the automotive lobby. “The question is, will consumers buy them?” They’re asking the government to phase in the standard more slowly, to help build charging stations for electric cars, and to provide credits for some technologies. The government is listening; sources say the 56.2 mpg figure is their opening bid, and could fall in negotiations.

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Jul 9, 2011 12:46 AM CDT
I feel this is a great Ideal we should try. with the price of gas going up what better way.
Jul 5, 2011 9:27 AM CDT
"The Obama administration is trying to convince automakers" Instead of convince, I think you mean force under the threat of violence.
Jul 5, 2011 1:43 AM CDT
A laudable idea.... But the problem is.... With gas tax being a big part of highway departments income... They will have to resort to more creative and invasive ways to make up for " the loss" of revenue.... Look for increased gas taxes and coming to a state near you gps tracking of mileage and a monthly bill based on that figure...