DETROIT (July 20, 2016) — Auto makers have all the tools at their disposal to meet the 54.5 mpg corporate average fuel economy targets for the 2025 model year, but buyer preferences for SUVs and light trucks make it likely that the industry will fall short of that number, U.S. regulators said in a report issued this week.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and California's Air Resources Board (CARB) released their draft Technical Assessment Report analyzing costs, technology and other issues involved in the industry's drive toward lowering greenhouse gas emissions.
The assessment was scheduled as part of the 2011 agreement to lower emissions in cars and improve fuel economy by the 2025 model year.
The auto industry is “adopting fuel economy technologies at unprecedented rates,” the government agencies said in a statement Monday. “Car makers and suppliers have developed far more innovative technologies to improve fuel economy and reduce GHG emissions than anticipated just a few years ago.”
The report also says that auto makers have been able to meet the current regulations for about the same cost or even less than the government projected in 2012, and that auto makers will be able to meet standards with improvements in standard gasoline engines, and won't need to rely heavily on sales of hybrids or electric cars.