Fuel Economy Standards

Strong Fuel Economy Standards Needed Even When Oil Prices Are Low

February 6, 2016 by NRDC Switchboard

Fuel Economy Standards and Oil Prices

Now that pump prices have dropped so low, automakers are once again rushing to sell the public on gas-thirsty Sport Utility Vehicles and heavy pickups and calling for a weakening of the coming historic 54.5 miles-per-gallon fuel economy standard.[read more]

Fuel Economy Standards Drive Down Projected Gasoline Use; Diesel Use, Product Exports Rise

June 27, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Fuel Economy, Use, and Export

In the EIA's Annual Energy Outlook 2014, more-stringent vehicle fuel economy standards contribute to a decline in motor gasoline consumption through 2040. Growth in heavy-duty vehicle miles traveled is greater than increasing heavy-duty vehicle fuel economy, contributing to rising diesel fuel demand.[read more]

Obama's Fuel Economy Drive for Trucks Aims to Curb Fast-Growing Climate Change Problem

February 20, 2014 by Marianne Lavelle

President Barack Obama is taking aim at one of the world’s fastest growing engines of oil demand and greenhouse gas emissions. But one of the most popular ideas for reducing oil demand in trucking—switching to natural gas—may not help on climate change.[read more]

How Will Oil's Current Slide Affect Gasoline Prices?

April 18, 2013 by Geoffrey Styles

Longer-term, oil and gasoline prices remain as unpredictable as ever. However, the trends producing today's weaker prices could have staying power, including the US shale, or "tight oil" upsurge, and fuel economy improvements.[read more]

Fuel Economy Standards: Is the Most Important Energy Policy of Obama’s Administration at Risk?

August 30, 2012 by James Coan

Obama at Campaign Stop via Shutterstock

Yesterday, President Obama announced the most important energy policy of his administration, finalizing fuel economy standards through model year (MY) 2025 that should roughly double the efficiency of new vehicles as compared to when he took office. Despite the huge benefits, Republican nominee Mitt Romney suggests he would weaken the standards, leaving our economy substantially more vulnerable.[read more]

Consumers and global climate will win with new vehicle standards

August 14, 2012 by Nick Nigro

Fuel Economy Concept via Shutterstock

As early as this week, the federal government will announce what is likely the largest move ever to save oil. If last year’s proposal becomes final, as expected, the fuel economy of a typical new car will go up by more than 70 percent by 2025. The standards will improve how far cars and trucks travel on a gallon of gas even more than the...[read more]

EU to impose new rules that will cut driving cost by 25%

June 8, 2012 by David Thorpe

The European Commission is proposing tighter carbon emissions standards for new European cars with a 2020 target of 95gm CO2 per kilometre, that will cut costs for motorists by 25%. But will they be binding?[read more]

How CBO Got it Wrong on Fuel Consumption and the Highway Trust Fund

May 8, 2012 by Deron Lovaas

The authors of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) study released last week must have been sniffing gas fumes when they drastically overestimated the effects of the proposed fuel economy standards on the Highway Trust Fund. The study claims that proposed changes to the corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards would amount...[read more]

Good News for Consumers: Fuel Economy on the Rise

March 9, 2012 by Luke Tonachel

New cars and trucks are getting better fuel economy and saving consumers money at the pump. Recent reports are showing an on-going upward trend, one which is expected to accelerate as new standards ramp up. According to researcher Michael Sivak and his colleagues at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, U.S....[read more]

The Dawn of a New Day for Autos

February 7, 2012 by Nick Nigro

A lot has changed in the two years since I made my first visit to the Washington Auto Show. Back then, gas prices averaged $2.68 per gallon and the Nissan LEAF looked like a “car of the future” compared to the other vehicles on the showroom floor. Now, prices at the pump are 25 percent higher, averaging $3.50 per gallon in 2011, and fuel...[read more]

Rep. Ed Markey vs. Toyota On New Fuel Economy Standards

October 12, 2007 by Jesse Jenkins

The supposedly "green" automaker, Toyota, is fighting tougher fuel economy legislation that would save American consumers billions of dollars and put a major dent in the United State's oil addiction.Some of you may have missed the buzz kicked up recently by a nationwide campaign to put the heat on Toyota for lobbying against tougher fuel...[read more]