White House revises 2025 CAFE Standard proposal from 56.2 to 54.5 mpg

Who knew that a 1.7 mpg change in CAFÉ standard proposal could make such a difference in attitude and acceptance by the auto industry?

When the U.S. White House first proposed 56.2 mpg by 2025, the auto industry was up in arms, including the unions. So, now the White House reduces the standard by less than 2 mpg and the entire attitude of rejection gives way; at least according to Automotive News (AN).

Reuters, on the other hand, wrote yesterday that automakers declined to confirm the lowered target. Reuters also admitted the Wall Street Journal first reported the new target for CAFE standards per its team in Detroit.

For the record, this reporter believes the entire argument is merely a game of political posturing on both sides. That’s why I wrote, Why Obama's proposed CAFE standards to 56.2 mpg IS feasible. If AN is right, and the auto industry is no longer balking at a mere 1.7 mpg difference, that kind of makes the point.

Fact is, under the proposed plan, automakers would still have to bump their average fuel economy from 34.1 mpg by 2016 (currently mandated by law) to 54.5 mpg by 2025 (proposed). For the record, the auto industry is in line to meet the 2016 mandate.

Question is, why cry foul over 56.2 but not over the 54.5 mpg figure?

According to the 7/27 Automotive News A.M. Newscast, the industry will be allowed to gradually make improvements for trucks at slightly different rate than cars, at least until 2020 or 2021. So, that seems to be the sticking point, perhaps more than the figure itself.


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