Lawmakers have hammered out a deal to force US automakers to improve fuel efficiency, the New York Times reports. The measure requires cars and SUVs to get 35mpg on average by 2020, an improvement of 40%. It is expected to pass Congress and be signed into law as part of a larger energy bill by the end of the year, the Detroit Free Press notes.
Currently, US cars must get 27.5mpg and light trucks—including SUVs and minivans—must get 22.5. Under the deal, the distinction between sizes will remain, but the combined fleet must get 35mpg. That figure is below current requirements in Europe (40mpg) and the same as China's. Automakers grudgingly assented and will receive some federal aid to help them meet targets, the Free Press says.