Federal clean car standards

Historic national CO2 emission standards target cars and light trucks

In 2012, the U.S. Government finalized greenhouse gas reduction and fuel efficiency standards for new cars and passenger vehicles in model years 2017-2025. These Clean Car standards were adopted with broad support from automakers, labor and consumers.

Cars and light trucks account for about 45 percent of all U.S. oil consumption and more than 20 percent of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.

This clean car initiative cuts harmful climate pollution and will 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.

Progress Now Threatened

After a multi-year midterm evaluation of the program, EPA made a Final Determination in January 2017 that America’s Clean Car Standards should remain strong and continue to protect families from dangerous air pollution while saving them money and creating jobs.

Despite the determination, the Trump Administration has decided to re-do that evaluation, and could weaken the standards. EDF will work to protect them.

Clean cars 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

Security, economy environment

The clean car standards 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 also reduce dangerous greenhouse gas pollution, save consumers trillions of dollars at the gas pump, and position U.S. automakers as leaders in the global marketplace.

Adopted with broad support

Automakers, small businesses, the United Auto Workers, American consumers, national security groups, economists, advocacy groups, and EDF weighed in supporting the standards when they were being developed.

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