Environment

USDOT proposes improved fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks

Traffic on 19th Avenue, San Francisco
Mark Prado

New national fuel economy standards will be proposed to address climate change and environmental standards, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced this week.

The reconsideration of the fuel economy standards set in 2020 is in direct response to President Biden’s Executive Order 13990 and the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to promote and protect public health and the environment, the department said. 

The new standards would increase fuel efficiency 8% annually for model years 2024-2026, and increase estimated fleet-wide average by 12 miles per gallon for model year 2026 compared to vehicles made in 2021. 

“This proposal would save drivers hundreds of billions of dollars on gas, reduce pollution, and help counter the climate crisis we are seeing all around us,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “And by giving American car manufacturers a clear path forward, we will ensure that more of those clean vehicles, and jobs, are created right here.”