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54.5 MPG By 2025: Good Or Bad? #YouTellUs

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2011 Nissan Leaf window sticker showing 99-MPG

2011 Nissan Leaf window sticker showing 99-MPG

Last Friday, President Obama announced new fuel economy standards that will require a 54.5 mpg fleet average by 2025. This will double the average fuel economy of U.S. vehicles, and lower our dependence on foreign oil.

The new standards are already being backed by 13 automakers, which make up 90 percent of the vehicles sold in the U.S. But by using new technology and lighter materials to achieve these new goals, the cost of new vehicles will rise.

Though the standards claim a 54.5 mpg average, loopholes and allowances may turn the real-world figure into something below the 39 mpg predicted by the Union of Concerned Scientists when a previous standard of 62 mpg was projected.

So today we ask you, the 54.5 mpg fleet average by 2025 a good or bad thing? Tweet us your response and make sure to include the hashtag #54MPG -- and you'll join the chorus right here via CoverItLive.

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Comments (10)
  1. What does this idiot think a car achieving this level of fuel efficiency will cost? Tech like that doesn't come cheap, but this clueless bozo's talking up the "savings" to the consumer.

  2. Gubbins, not sure if you are referring to me as the idiot. I definitely mention that the cost of vehicles will rise.

  3. This is just another example of people who know NOTHING trying to force the market in to their Utopian Fantasy World. The automakers must be going along out of fear or the hope that sanity will return before they are forced in to building worthless little death traps that NO ONE will ever buy

  4. Aside from the dooms day economic impacts I've been hearing about, I'm very pleased to hear the US is deciding to lead the way toward better energy usage policies, including the all important transportation sector. This is long overdue and I'm glad the current administration has made this a priority; this effort needs to spread worldwide!
    The growing World population cannot continue with our status quo approach to fossil energy reliance. We need more sustainable alternatives, but till then we need to be smarter about the use of limited resources we do have.
    I suppose that one way or another there will be some growing pains till we get there, but our future generations depend on it.

  5. Just like Obamacare, I hope this goes on the short list of things to be repealed as soon as administrations change. Otherwise it may usher in another era of wimpy, light weight, and bland cars liken to those from the 1970's malaise era.

  6. This is a way of making ALL cars much more expensive for everyone. Car makers have plenty of sales incentive to engineer low fuel consumption. Others make good income selling fewer cars with outstanding high horsepower performance. The present adminstration has no concept of the free market.

  7. Where did Obama get his degree in automotive engineering? Does he, or has he ever OWNED a car? Does he even have a driver's license? After all, he is from Chicago where mass transit is the rule rather than the exception.

  8. You're right, we should just keep guzzling gas driving solo in huge SUVs and sending troops to oil lands, spending billions that we don't have and getting our soldiers killed but as long as we stick our heads in the sand and blame Obama for everything, we're all ok.

  9. Can you imagine how much these high mileage cars will cost? How long will it take to recover the additional cost? Why don't we just build a nuclear powered car? Ford tried it once!

  10. Ship of fools and we know who's at the helm.

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