The Environmental Protection Agency has released its strict new proposed fuel economy/emissions standards for passenger cars and light trucks.
Under the proposed new rules, automakers would be forced to meet fleetwide average fuel mileage of 52 mpg by 2026 – up from the current target of 40 mpg. This would be equivalent to a 10 percent increase in fleetwide fuel economy by 2023 and a further five percent increase each year after through to 2026.
The proposed new rules undo the looser fuel economy/emissions standards set forth by the Trump Administration, which would have seen fuel economy standards rise by just 1.5 percent each year through to 2026. The Obama-era standards that Trump undid would have seen fleetwide average fuel economy rise by five percent each year until 2026.
“These robust standards are underpinned by sound science and technical expertise, encouraging the development of technology and innovation that will drive America forward into a clean energy future,” EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan said in a prepared statement. “We are excited about building on the partnerships with states, cities, industry, labor, and NGO stakeholders to realize this vision together.”
The EPA says the revised rules would save 9 million barrels of gasoline by 2023 and 43 million barrels by 2026 – representing a 1.5 percent reduction in the nation’s gasoline usage for passenger cars.
The Detroit Big Three backed a new executive order signed by President Biden this week, which aims for up to 50 percent of all new vehicle sales to consist of hybrid, fuel cell or battery-electric products by 2030. General Motors has said in the past that it is slowly transitioning to an all-electric portfolio and will not have any internal combustion engine passenger cars on sale by 2035. Several other automakers have also said they will have a majority EV portfolio within a similar timeframe, including Honda, Ford and Mercedes-Benz.