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Trump To Announce Review Of Fuel Economy Standards

Trump To Announce Review Of Fuel Economy Standards

Media outlets are reporting that President Donald Trump is slated to announce a review of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) vehicle fuel economy rules. The President will apparently make the announcement in Detroit with most major automaker CEOs in attendance.

The White House thus far has not confirmed plans to review the standards, but they have confirmed that the President has plans to visit Michigan. His trip is expected this Wednesday to Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Automakers have been pushing the new Administration to review the fuel economy standards, which were originally announced by the Obama Administration in 2011. The 2011 rules were slated to be under review until April 2018, but the outgoing Administration accelerated the review and locked in the new rules in January just prior to Obama’s exit.

The rules call for an eventual fleet-wide average fuel economy of 54.5 mpg by 2025. The EPA has since lowered that projection to 50.8-52.6 mpg due to American’s increased interest in light duty trucks. American’s are on tap to save $1.7 trillion in fuel costs due to the plan, according to the agency.

Automakers and trade groups have been calling for a review of the rules, citing they are too strict and will force consumers to pay more for vehicles. GM, Volkswagen, Toyota and others have all urged the EPA to review the rules.

Environmental groups have expressed great concern for the possible rollback of the new fuel economy rules. Many groups have vowed to sue the Trump Administration if they rollback the rules.

 

 





 

About Nick Saporito

AutoVerdict Senior Editor Nick Saporito began writing about cars at age 13. Nick ran a couple of automotive enthusiast sites for several years, before taking some time off to focus on his career and education. By day he's a marketing executive in the telecom world and by night he hangs out here at AV. You'll find him focusing on tech, design and the industry's future.
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  1. FenwickHockey65
    donmateo
    When you buy a car you can anticipate fuel expenses. Therefore you make a decision based on personal circumstances...government need not be involved nor care what one spends on gas.


    Yup. I know my SUV guzzles gas. I'm okay with that.
    carnut
    Environmental groups threaten to sue, then go get on the train or the bus because they are all inner city dwellers and don't give a rats ass about those in the suburbs or rural areas or need the vehicle as part of their business operation. The whole damned bunch in the EPA needs fired and hung out to dry IMO.
    donmateo
    American's are on tap to save $1.7 trillion in fuel costs due to the plan, according to the agency.


    When you buy a car you can anticipate fuel expenses. Therefore you make a decision based on personal circumstances...government need not be involved nor care what one spends on gas.
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