Despite dramatic improvements in technology, average fuel efficiency standards in America were stuck at about 27.5 mpg for more than 20 years. In 2010, these were improved some (to 34.5 mpg for new vehicles sold by 2016), and fueled (pun intended!) a spate of new, more fuel-efficient vehicles.
In November, the EPA and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration went further, putting out new fuel efficiency standards for new cars and light trucks (even the Ford F-150) sold between 2017 and 2025, reaching an average of 54.5 mpg by 2025. Now that’s a tremendous improvement, and it has some real, positive bottom-line consequences, including:
And the standards may, just may, spur new models that help bridge the gender divide in family car-buying pursuits everywhere.
Just last month, in its article about “12 New Cars That Are Worth Waiting For,” the ultra-macho Popular Mechanics included five highly fuel-efficient models (at least by today’s standards) on its list.
Maybe we won’t have to wait until 2025 to find a vehicle that will please everyone in my household.
Sarene Marshall is the managing director for The Nature Conservancy’s Global Climate Change Team. She holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and an MA in International Studies from University of Pennsylvania, and is fluent in Spanish. Sarene, a mother of two, enjoys gardening and gourmet cooking.
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