In 2012, consumers and automakers had mixed feelings and reactions to the new greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards that were set by the NHTSA and EPA. Well, it's been four years and the EPA just completed a midterm analysis of phase 1 of the emissions standards, what do we know?
It looks like the situation looks optimistic. According to the EPA’s recently released proposed determination, automakers are on track to meet the 2025 standards. Here are a couple highlights directly from the EPA’s proposed determination.
The EPA’s emissions standards will “result average industry level of 163 grams/mile of carbon dioxide (CO2) in model year 2025, which is equivalent to 54.5 miles per gallon (mpg)54.5 miles per gallon (mpg) (if achieved exclusively through fuel economy improvements).”
By meeting these standards it is believed that consumers will save consumers money and air quality will improve while America will reduce our environmental footprint.
According to EPA.gov, the final standards are projected to:
Phase two of the standards begins in 2017 and ends in 2025.
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