Securing America's Future Energy

Increase Fuel Efficiency in U.S. Transportation

More efficient transportation to use less oil. Mirroring SAFE’s own policy recommendations, in 2007, Congress passed and President George W. Bush signed into law the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA), including the first significant improvements to fuel economy standards in a generation. In May 2009, President Barack Obama instituted rules to increase the national fleet-wide average standard for cars and light trucks to 35.5 miles per gallon (39 mpg for cars and 30 mpg for light trucks) by 2016, four years faster than required by EISA, and in August 2012, strengthened and extended the fuel economy standards with a target of 54.5 mpg by 2025. The administration also implemented the first-ever fuel economy standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. SAFE continues to work with federal regulators to develop future standards which are both effective and fair.

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