DETROIT ( Associated Press) – New vehicles sold in the United States by 2026 will need to get an average of at least 40 miles per gallon (14 miles per gallon) of fuel, according to new rules announced by the government on Friday.
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said its fuel consumption requirements would deny a reduction in standards approved under then-President Donald Trump. The new requirements increase fuel consumption per mile by 8% per year for model year 2024 and 2025 vehicles and 10% for model year 2026 vehicles.
For the current model year, standards set under Trump require new vehicles to offer just over 24 miles per gallon (8.5 miles per gallon) in actual driving.
NHTSA officials say the requirements are the most the industry can achieve in the period and will reduce gasoline consumption by more than 220 billion gallons (1 billion gallons) over the life of vehicles, compared to Trump standards.
The Trump administration has reduced fuel consumption requirements to increase by 1.5% per year, which according to environmental groups was insufficient to curb greenhouse gas emissions and global warming causing climate change.
However, the new standards will not be in line with those adopted until 2025 under President Barack Obama. NHTSA officials say they will meet Obama’s standards by 2025 and slightly exceed them by 2026.
Some environmental groups say the new NHTSA requirements under President Joe Biden are not enough to fight global warming. “Climate change has gotten a lot worse, but these rules only require car manufacturers to reduce fuel consumption a little more than they agreed nine years ago to reduce it,” says Dan Becker, director of the Campaign for Climate Safe Transportation. Center for Biological Diversity. .
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