Federal clean car standards
Historic national CO2 emission standards target cars and light trucks
In August 2012, the U.S. Government finalized greenhouse gas reduction and fuel efficiency standards for new cars and other passenger vehicles in model years 2017-2025. These vehicles account for about 40 percent of all U.S. oil consumption and nearly 20 percent of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
This clean car initiative will cut harmful climate pollution and nearly double our current fuel economy performance by 2025. It builds on the adoption of the first-ever national scale greenhouse gas pollution reduction and efficiency standards for model years 2012-2016 finalized in 2010.
Leading on clean cars will provide vital benefits for our national security, our economy and our environment
The nation's new efforts will pave the way for a new generation of vehicles that will achieve oil savings of more than 2 million barrels per day in 2025 – nearly half of what we import daily from OPEC today. The standards will also reduce dangerous greenhouse gas pollution, save consumers trillions of dollars at the gas pump, and position US automakers as leaders in the global marketplace.
Major U.S. automakers support federal standards
Clean cars program by the numbers
$1.7 trillion Money consumers will save at the pump over the life of the program
12 billion Barrels of oil saved over lifetime of 2012-2025 model year vehicles
6 billion Metric tons of carbon dioxide eliminated over the life of the program
$8,000 Money American families will save over the life of a new vehicle in 2025
Fact sheets, reports & links
Series of 5 graphs showing oil savings, consumer savings and greenhouse gas reductions from recent and anticipated vehicle standards.
EDF's Mark MacLeod testifies at hearing on proposed fuel standards.
EDF expert testimony in support of proposed fuel standards.
Proposed car efficiency and greenhouse gas standards: A win for consumers, national security and clean air [PDF]
Fact sheet explaining how increases in car efficiency increases family savings, decreases oil consumption and reduces pollution
Graphs showing immense savings of proposed standards
EDF attorney Erica Morehouse testifies to support the consumer-driven approach to designing new fuel economy labels.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing improvements to new car and light truck labels that will give consumers shopping for vehicles the information they need to protect both the environment and their pocket books.
Kathryn Phillips, director of the Environmental Defense Fund’s California Transportation and Air Initiative, posts on National Journal's Energy and Environment blog.
EPA and NHTSA Finalize Historic National Program to Reduce Greenhouse Gases and Improve Fuel Economy for Cars and Trucks [PDF]
EPA fact sheet