The Fuel-economy standards for all light vehicles will rise to the average fuel consumption limit of 27.3 mpg for 2011 model year vehicles. That is a rise of 8% from the current rule. This new rule was issued today and is based off of regulations using a new system that sets standards for individual models based on their size.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement, “These standards are important steps in the nation’s quest to achieve energy independence and bring more fuel-efficient vehicles to American families.”
This is the first fuel economy mandate set by the Obama administration. Overall, the new energy law will lift standards by about 40 percent by the year 2020 making ALL vehicles average 35 mpg or better.
Considering this, that should ultimately put more Americans to work to be innovative and produce vehicles that actually SAVE GAS! RIGHT???