Obama Administration Makes History by Raising Fuel Standards to 54.5 MPG

by Frances Beinecke
Natural Resources Defense Council
August 28, 2012

Today ushers in a new era for American drivers. Soon we will save thousands of dollars every year at the gas pump. Car buyers will be able to choose from hundreds of models that combine fuel-efficiency, high performance, and safety. And workers will find half a million new jobs building the cars of future.

This isn’t some distant dream; it is a concrete reality that begins now. The Obama Administration issued clean car standards today that will raise automobile fuel efficiency to the equivalent of 54.5 miles per gallon‚Äîon average‚Äîby 2025. That’s roughly twice the mileage our cars get today.

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