New fuel efficiency standards target is 54.5 mpg by 2025

Posted By on July 29, 2011

President Obama announces the new fuel efficiency standards with a few early jokes regarding his daughter and driving before stressing the pricesfuelefficstand110729 of fuel and the demand “worldwide” for oil.

His “fix” is to take steps to control prices through and energy strategy that 1) increase domestic production, 2) getting rid of tax subsidies to oil companies, 3) and producing more technically advanced engines and vehicles from auto manufacturers. The new standards he announced today will target the third point by increasing the fuel efficiency for cars and trucks, doubling what we see today to “almost 55 mpg.” President Obama commented that the business leaders believe this is “good for business and good for the nation.” He states that “in the next 15 years we will reduce the amount of foreign oil by 1/3 while improving the impact on the environment.” He also highlighted that improved bio-fuels and battery technology will also contribute to our oil needs. (audio below)

President Obama Fuel Efficiency Standards – July 29, 2011

While I can appreciate the direction and target, I wonder just what impact this will make on the performance? Hopefully as I mentioned in my 2012 VW Passat TDI post, we’ll see diesels paired with an electric motor which should offer solid efficiency and decent off the line and passing performance.


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