How Will The New Fuel Efficiency Standards Affect Drivers?

September 19, 2012 by  
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According to a report issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Obama Administration has just recently finalized the fuel economy standards that will change the way in which the auto industry will work and how cars will be designed until the year of 2025.

The official reports show that all cars and light-duty trucks will have to comply by the new standards that say that all 2025 vehicle models must get 54.5 mpg. This effort will not only keep drivers from spending as much money at the pump, it will also double the fuel efficiency of future cars compared to the vehicles that are now on our roads.

The administration reported that this effort may help the country to be independent from the production of foreign oil while helping to cut  greenhouse gas emissions.

Previous standards asked companies to make 2011 through 2016 models of vehicles that would get 35.5 mpg, which is already a reality and has been reportedly helping several families to save at the pump.

The federal agency is confident that by pushing the auto industry to make more efficient and economical cars, the industry will experience a major change. Experts believe that with this change, companies will innovate the way in which they design and manufacture vehicles. Technologies will be developed and the investment will increase competitiveness, which may even lead to an increase in job creation in the sector.

The Department of Transportation developed the new standards, according to the news. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration along the automakers, consumer groups, United Auto Workers and energy and environmental experts have participated in one way or another in the development of these new standards. According to the federal agency, the 13 main automakers have voiced their support for the new standards. Some of these companies believe that this long-term regulatory certainty will help them to build better and more reliable vehicles for future consumers.

The standard was first announced in 2011 and companies like GM, Ford, Chrysler, BMW, Hyundai, Jaguar/Land Rover, Kia, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Toyota, and Volvo reported then that they were looking forward to see this new standard being adopted.

Consumers may experience some of the perks of the new standard with the incentives for purchasing electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles. Drivers who own large pickup trucks will experience many changes as well since technologies will be developed to make larger vehicles achieve high fuel economy without losing engine power.

Those who prefer to choose to purchase natural gas vehicles will also receive federal incentives.

For more on the new Fuel Efficiency Standards, click here for the full report.

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