Washington, D.C. – The U.S. government has proposed a coordinated national vehicle fuel efficiency and emissions standard that would allow automakers to build a single fleet that would meet the standards of California and all other states, as well as federal requirements.
The ruling was jointly proposed by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and builds upon core principles announced by President Obama in May, in conjunction with automakers, the United Auto Workers Union, leaders in the environmental community, and governors and state officials.
“American drivers will keep more money in their pockets, put less pollution into the air, and help reduce a dependence on oil that sends billions of dollars out of our economy every year,” said Lisa Jackson, EPA Administrator. “By bringing together a broad coalition of stakeholders, including an unprecedented partnership with American automakers, we have crafted a path forward that is win-win for our health, our environment, and our economy. Through that partnership, we’ve taken the historic step of proposing the nation’s first-ever greenhouse gas emissions standards for vehicles, and moved substantially closer to an efficient, clean energy future.”
The proposed program covers model years 2012 through 2016, and includes miles-per-gallon requirements under NHTSA’s Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards (CAFE) and the first-ever national emissions standards under EPA’s greenhouse gas program. The collaboration of federal agencies for the proposal also allows for clearer rules for all automakers, instead of the current three standards of DOT, EPA and a state standard.
Specifically, the program would increase fuel economy by approximately five per cent every year, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 950 million metric tonnes, save an average car buyer more than US$3,000 in fuel costs, and conserve 1.8 billion barrels of oil.