Gallery: Obama Calls for 56.2 MPG Fuel Efficiency Mandate by 2025


The Obama administration is currently in talks with the three big automakers — General Motors, Ford and Chrysler — about future fuel efficiency standards, and it looks like the President’s team is calling for an average of 56.2 miles per gallon mandate by 2025. After a failed attempt at climate change legislation, the Obama administration has focused their efforts on more specific ways to reduce our national carbon emissions. While some automotive representatives are dragging their feet saying this mandate would increase the cost of vehicles in the US too much, companies like General Motors — who built the 93 mpg Chevy Volt — say they’re primed for the challenge.

Going into the talks the government announced they would be aiming for a 2025 average mpg mandate of somewhere between 47 and 62 mpg, and although the talks have just started the administration seems set on reaching the higher end of that range. “We continue to work closely with a broad range of stakeholders to develop an important standard that will save families money and keep the jobs of the future here,” White House spokesman Clark Stevens said in a statement. “A final decision has not been made, and as we have made clear we plan to propose a standard in September.”

Based upon current estimates the adminstration says that the new mandate would raise the price of an average car by somewhere between $2,100 to $2,600. As General Motors noted in a statement, it is likely that the technology available today will become cheaper and more widely available before 2025, making that price differential come down. “When you put those things in for the first time, they may be more expensive,” Mark Reuss, General Motor’s North American president, told the Washington Post. “But this is a volume and scale industry. What was very expensive in the past is no longer very expensive.”

In a written statement, Ford Motor Company — who’s recent lobbying expenditures pushed heavily on an electric vehicle tax break — said that it, “supports increasing fuel economy requirements with one national program that is data driven and factors in the impact … on jobs, the economy, consumers and safety.” Due to the fact that these talks are still in their early stages, we are hesitant to say this, but it looks like we all might be on the same page here. Higher fuel efficiency standards could mean great things for the US ecomony and our emissions quotas.

Via The Washington Post

Lead photo © Riza Nugraha


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  1. caeman July 1, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Different standards should be set, knowing that diesel and gasoline get very different MPG numbers. It shouldn’t be lumped together. Otherwise, if Ford wanted to play the numbers, they could switch their entire car and truck line to only using Diesel engines. Instant 15 to 20+ MPG across the product line. It meets the goal, but it disingenuous. Diesel isn’t really all that clean.

  2. zr750 June 29, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    At Terat:

    This came from the Swiss federal government website. Download the first publication in the list. It states as of 2009 effiency for new cars in Switzerland was 6.6 l/100km, or 35.64 MPG. Markedly better than the U.S., but the Swiss have a lot of small vehicles, travel shorter distances due to a MUCH smaller country, and have many diesel vehicles that on average have better effiency than a gasoline vehicle. I doubt very much that they have increased economy by 20 MPG in one year. I would like to see where your facts were obtained.

  3. Terat June 29, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Just for comparison the average mileage in new cars in 2010 for Switzerland was already 58mpg and the overall mileage was 49mpg for all registered cars.

    So aiming for 58mpg until 2025 in the US is a real ironic joke in my eyes as we in Switzerland (And we are not top in Europe) are aiming for something around 80-100mpg which is realisticly achieveable.

  4. mrcotain June 28, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    47-62 mpg really? Its like selling something, if you want 100 bucks everyone knows you start the price higher. So is Obama really saying the average will be much less than that by 2025? I think he should have made a more courageous goal, like the race to the moon, and went for 100 mpg by 2020. We all know we have the technology our government does not have the backbone to take the spoon in our own hand and stop letting the oil industry feed U.S.

  5. caeman June 28, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    The rise in car prices this will incur will only hurt the low and low-middle income class families, pricing the cars that will best serve their families out of range. Try carting around two kids, two adults, a two-kid stroller and groceries into a Volt.

    To make cars MPG efficient up to 50+, you have to also down-size the car beyond being useful for the family.

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