Government Goals and Car Efficiency

In 2013, car manufacturers in the United States outperformed federally mandated Greenhouse Gas emissions standards. On average, cars were 1.4 miles/gallon more efficient than regulatory standards.The Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards which regulate vehicle emissions between 2012 and 2025 were mandated to save over 10 billion barrels of oil and cut Greenhouse Gases by 6 billion metric tons, potentially saving thousands of dollars for fuel consumers. Though falling fuel prices may result in more driving, cars manufactured in 2013 were, on average, 9% more efficient than cars made in 2010. This increase in efficiency is projected to help auto manufacturers meet their 2025 goal of increasing gas efficiency by almost double to 54.5 miles/gallon by 2025. Improvements in air quality associated with this shift continue to be present according to EPA trends.

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy finds these statistics positive for economic growth and innovation,

Automakers are racing to meet our goals. The American auto industry has never been stronger, we’re creating jobs here in the U.S., selling cleaner cars here and overseas, and consumers are really benefitting from the innovations spurred by these standards.

Consumers are finding themselves with more vehicle options, from hybrids to electric vehicles. With falling gasoline prices, the choice to buy a more expensive vehicle instead of a traditional one may lapse.  The next few years will tell whether consumers are following automakers’ footsteps by demanding more efficient cars and saving at the pump.
Read more here – “EPA: Cars Exceeding Emissions Standards,” (Timothy CamaThe Hill)

Read the full EPA Report here- GHG Climate Report,

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Ethica Burt works with CR as a Marketing Fellow. She is in her final semester as an undergraduate of George Washington University where she studies International Business and Sustainability. As a fellow she focuses on researching consumer issues whilst also bringing awareness to the organization as a whole.

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