The Obama administration has plunged ahead with it’s plan to drastically increase the average fuel economy of the U.S. automobile fleet. As reported by the Washington Post:
The Obama administration announced strict new fuel-efficiency vehicle standards Tuesday, requiring the U.S. auto fleet to average 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.
The new rules, announced by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, expand on existing standards requiring American-made cars and light trucks to average 34.5 mpg by 2016. They will significantly cut U.S. oil consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by the time they are fully implemented, EPA says.
What’s the problem? High-mileage vehicles are expensive, that’s the problem. One should bear in mind that the GM Volt with it’s $40,000 price tag only gets an average fuel economy of 37.5 mpg in the city and 38.15 mpg on the highway, according to Popular Mechanics, which tested the vehicle out in real-world conditions. Few people have shown a willingness to shell out that kind of money for the Volt, and production of the vehicle has recently been paused for a second time. Watch out for your wallet.