Rules to double U.S. fuel economy by 2024
August 28th, 2012
01:08 PM ET
2 years ago

Rules to double U.S. fuel economy by 2024

New York (CNNMoney) - The Obama administration finalized new fuel economy rules Tuesday that within 12 years will almost double today's standard for cars and light trucks to 54.5 miles per gallon.

The rules, which have been in the works for several years, will add thousands of dollars to the cost of new cars. But in the long run, regulators say, drivers will spend less on gas, outweighing the additional cost at the dealership. They say the rules will also help reduce the nation's oil imports.

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  1. Rudy NYC

    Good-bye, 6/8-cylinder 4WD SUVs. Mine's a six, and it's great in the snow and for road trips. I'll miss it. Let's hope they can figure out how to make an electric car for folks without a garage to park it in for recharging.

    August 28, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  2. WILLARD MILTON ROMNEY IS A COWARD & TAX EVADER

    I'm getting a Chevy Volt. Seen one the other day and asked the driver when's the last time he fueled up. He told me two months ago.

    August 28, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  3. Arch

    Thats good. He never seems to work on ideas to improve the economy just more regulations. Campaigning and regulations.

    August 28, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  4. Four and The Door

    WILLARD MILTON ROMNEY IS A COWARD & TAX EVADER
    I'm getting a Chevy Volt.
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    The American taxpayer wishes there were more people like you. But there aren't. In fact, they had to shut down productions for months because they couldn't sell them. Somehow America will make good on that $25 billion Obama still has in GM. So far it hasn't been a great deal. ( Unless you are a UAW boss... )

    August 28, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  5. patNY

    Ummmm....someone needs to force the car makers' hands to buck the oil company bully keeping them from making cars that can get 100 miles per hour.

    August 28, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  6. Bill from GA

    Today a six cylinder Honda Accord or Toyota Camry is faster than a 1966 Pontiac GTO or a mid 70's Corvette.

    Most drivers of today's cars could give up this performance without noticing it; yielding better fuel efficiency with today's technology.

    Auto makers fought tooth and nail against air-bag standards and other safety standards common today. For the right-wing nutjobs that oppose any regulations that don't come from their party, consider that our recent wars were fought to maintain stability in the oil-rich Middle East. Our soldiers are dying so you can drive a gas-hog.

    Also, reduced fuel consumption equals less greenhouse gases.

    August 28, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  7. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    New regulations mean new designs, engine platforms and cars. Sounds like jobs to me.

    August 28, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  8. DENNA

    @ – Arch – Thats good. He never seems to work on ideas to improve the economy just more regulations. Campaigning and regulations
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    Maybe if those mooching GOP congressmen would earn their money and pass some of President Obama's bills, this country would be much better off. If President Obama fails, it will be culmination of the Republican plot to make him do so. They boldly declared their intentions at the beginning of his term, long before he had a chance to even begin governing. President Obama, American has failed you, not the other way around.

    August 28, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  9. HunterPSU

    Why the USA economy will fail. B.O. believes regulations will solve all our problems...A very agressive EPA cowtowing to California standards will be bring us very very bad job growth. I know ...we all want a better environment...Ethanol, electirice and perhaps natural gas. Smaller cars and better efficieny now will be appreciated 100 years from now by our ancestors. But the method and arrogance that B.O. thinks he can dictate this is incredible. This will destroy the auto industy and job growth. The little hybrids and penalties will cost americans pleny of money. Hard to say how this will be modified...but B.O. gets his feel good headline and his box checked off. But in 2-5 years....this will be changed.

    August 28, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    My Camry Hybrid will do 44 mpg and 120 mph on the highway. Not a shoebox either. nanner nanner nanner nanner

    August 28, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  11. for republicans

    its good to see how rich people are more concern about their wealth and most middle class republicans are thinking they (Romney/ryan) will help them achieve a better living.. lol.. you republicans are so dumb... you think by having bush you achieved economic stability? come on... you came to trillion dollar deficit its due to your republican president (Bush) got so greedy and cause your nation lots of money and its all from your taxes.. when will you come to realization? at least obama tried he best to change and all you guys do is whine for the things he has'nt fulfilled. There are lots of loop hole with romney and ryan ticket, but at the end of the day you Americans will need to make a decision on who makes more sense to govern the nation. for past 4 years you guys have progressed, sometimes its better to have a repeat history by having republican president and have your nation go down. America proofs and shows , rich are getting richer and poor are getting poorer.. we dont have to go all the way to africa or india or even china to see that, your country has everything.. most of all alot of ignorant republicans who only wants what benefits them.

    August 28, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  12. Namejkane fl SEND THE THREE TIME LOSER romney HOME AND MAKE IT FOUR.

    The Gop will probably fight it to protection the oil companies,they don't care about us .

    August 28, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  13. Ancient Texan

    DEENA- "and pass some of President Obama's bills" .....They are so bad even the Democrats won't vote for them. BTW This country is broke and can't afford anymore of the $TRILLON dollar giveaways to crony supporters.

    August 28, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  14. truth hurts

    The rules, which have been in the works for several years, will add thousands of dollars to the cost of new cars. But in the long run, regulators say, drivers will spend less on gas, outweighing the additional cost at the dealership. They say the rules will also help reduce the nation's oil imports.
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    Like this is going to happen in 12 years!! Obama is essentially government mandating the extinction of large vehicles. Consider these thousands of extra dollars, that many cannot afford, to be another example of the Obamacare tax penalty. Do as the government demands or pay through the nose. Or maybe it is his plan to save GM by forcing us all to by GM Volt cars?

    THIS is exactly why Obama abd the Democrats need to go in November.

    August 28, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Four and The Door wrote:

    The American taxpayer wishes there were more people like you. But there aren't. In fact, they had to shut down productions for months because they couldn't sell them..
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    They start at just under $40,000 and you need a garage to hold the charging station so that you can charge it up. I think GM may have over estimated just how large a market they had for such vehicle. They need to come up with something that doesn't require the owner to own a house with an attached garage. The requirements rule out college kids, apartment dwellers and folks without an enclosed garage. Ever been down south? Many homes have car ports, not garages.

    August 28, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  16. truth hurts

    WILLARD MILTON ROMNEY IS A COWARD & TAX EVADER - I'm getting a Chevy Volt. Seen one the other day and asked the driver when's the last time he fueled up. He told me two months ago
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    Yes, but he likely plugged into an electrical plug that got its power from burning something else. And where will this be done when Obama shuts down all the coal pwered power plants?

    August 28, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  17. DENNA

    Electric cars sound good, but you are just replacing one energy source with another. I also understand that the cars don't go that far before they need to be charged up agan. And what about the cost of electricity? Our love of cars has trapped up into a no-win situation. And don't forget that most Americans cannot afford a $40,000 car and electing Mitt Romney won't change that.

    August 28, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  18. Briana the designer

    A last minute attempt to get the environmentalist vote after approving offshore drilling. I see you Obama.

    August 28, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  19. truth hurts

    GI Joe - My Camry Hybrid will do 44 mpg and 120 mph on the highway. Not a shoebox either
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    Does it come in a pickup truck version that will tow a large trailer? I guess we'll just have to stop towing things now.

    August 28, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  20. myviewis

    12 years car prices are going way up????? Obama is so out of touch with the reality of what most people make in a paycheck but then this is coming from a guy who has never had to worry about making a paycheck, who has barely worked in his life and honestly he lived a very good, financially sound life as a kid because both grandma and mom made very good salaries working for banks. Obama's lack of living in the real world shows in this rule. Families are barely making it right now, unemployment is high, gas prices are high, rent is high, people are barely working 30 hours a week and this is his big announcement. Obama is really a rich kid from Hawaii.

    August 28, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  21. Silence DoGood

    @Briana – worth repeating – I see him too. Vote Green Party.

    "A last minute attempt to get the environmentalist vote after approving offshore drilling. I see you Obama."

    August 28, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  22. Hap

    He should have just appointed himself green energy Czar since that has been his impetus for 3.5 years.

    August 28, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  23. gt

    obama will be everything to everybody by election time....

    August 28, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  24. Fair is Fair

    Electric car, eh? Might as well call it a coal car, since that's where 50% of the electricity in this country comes from. Issue permits for 100 new nuclear plants and I'll buy into it.

    August 28, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  25. myviewis

    Guys, let's be real, Obama is a kid from a pretigious school in Hawaii, who wore stylish, preppy fashions, traveled to exotic places, has no idea what is like to pay bills, have to work 2 jobs, work till 1 or 2 in the morning and as an adult did not worry about paying his studies and seriously never, ever looked in any of his pictures that he was down on his luck. I am not saying he is not a nice person, I am just saying that he was protected, shielded from any financial troubles by his grandmother who was the Vice President of a huge bank in Hawaii and the woman made good money as did Obama's mom. Seriously, his mother established microfinancing networks in New York, India and Pakistan. She used to set up village credit programs under the U.S. Agency for International Development and was the Officer of the Ford Foundation to Jakarta and let's not forget the high position she had with the bank of Pakistan for which she lived in the Int'l Hilton Hotel for 5 years. Obama is not like everyone else, he is out of touch with everyday people. Coming from Hawaii is not easy, especially when you come from such nice life.

    August 28, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |