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U.S. considers lower efficiency standards

The U.S. Transportation Department today said it is considering a number of options to alter the 2011 Obama deal concerning 2022 – 2025 fuel efficiency standards. In fact, they are even considering to adapt the 2021 model year requirements and freeze these through 2025 instead of raising them every year.

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, which unites GM, VW, Toyota and others, had said earlier that a review “must happen regardless of what future standards are.”The group insists that public policy needs to be driven by facts, including data on consumer sales, fuel prices and cost of technology.

The ‘Obama rules’, which were negotiated in 2011, aimed at doubling the average fleet-wide fuel efficiency to 50 mpg by 2025. Automakers said the Obama administration did not conduct a proper review to ensure those rules are feasible, prompting Trump to reopen the case. 25/07/2017  |  Dieter Quartier

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