Obama To Set New Auto Standard at 54.5 MPG

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Aug. 28 2012 12:02 PM

In the Year 2025: Cars and Trucks Are Going To Get Great Gas Mileage

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Robots weld part of a Chrysler SUV together at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit on Aug. 7, 2012

Photograph by Geoff Robins/AFP/GettyImages.

The Obama administration is set today to formally sign off on its latest round of strict new fuel-efficiency standards for the nation's cars and trucks later.

The expected new fleet-wide average come 2025? 54.5 miles per gallon.

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The Washington Post with more:

"The new rules, which expand on existing standards requiring American-made cars and light trucks to average 34.5 mpg by 2016, will significantly cut U.S. oil consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by the time they are fully implemented, the Environmental Protection Agency says. Unlike many energy policies enacted under President Obama, the vehicle standards are a relatively uncontroversial move embraced by industry and environmentalists alike."

This latest round of standards, which will govern model years 2017 to 2025, will more or less double the efficiency of the American auto fleet compared with the cars and trucks that rolled off assembly lines in 2008, back when GM and Chrysler were in danger of driving off a cliff and taking the rest of the American auto industry with it.

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City.