Automakers Need To Hit 40 MPG Average Fuel Economy In US By 2036

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One of the Trump administration’s most impactful moves, at least when it came to the US auto industry, was to roll back the aggressive US vehicle emissions restrictions implemented during the Obama years. In effect, it meant that rather than having to meet the 5% annual increases in fuel economy through 2026 called for under Barak Obama, carmakers would only need to manage 1.5% efficiency gains each year.

Now, the US is officially on track again to drastically cut new vehicle emissions, as the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week finalized new regulations that call for a fleetwide real-world average fuel economy of about 40 mpg by 2026. That’s 2 mpg higher than what the EPA had proposed back in August, and a full 8 mpg higher than what was called for under the Trump administration, making the Biden administration’s fuel economy requirements even tougher than those…

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