Fuel-Efficiency Goal of 54.5 MPG by 2025 Established by Obama
The fuel efficiency of cars in the United States will dramatically increase as agreed upon by auto manufacturers, the federal government, and the state of California. This was announced by President Barack Obama on Friday.
The accord call for cars and light-duty trucks to reach an average fuel economy of at least 54.5 miles for every gallon by the year 2025, or up from the required 35.5 miles for every gallon that is mandated by 2016. The agreement came after close coordination with environmental officials in California.
In a statement, President Obama said, “This agreement on fuel standards represents the single most important step we’ve ever taken as a nation to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. We’ve set an aggressive target and the companies are stepping up to the plate.”
Officials belonging to the California Air Resources Board, which played a vital role in the negotiations, said that the state of California will agree to the same standards, although it will retain its authority to employ tougher standards.
Federal officials say that the new requirement will save around $1.7 trillion in fuel costs and translates to an average savings of approximately $8,000 for every vehicle. Furthermore, it will also reduce the consumption of oil by as much as 2.2 million barrels each day by 2025.
Based on the data made available by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the United States, at present, buys around 9.1 million barrels of oil each day from other countries.
State officials lauded the accord. Gov. Jerry Brown called the agreement, “A banner day with this announcement, because it marks a complete reversal from what we were facing just a few years ago when California was engaged in multiple lawsuits in different states with oil and auto companies.”