CAFE levels exceed expectations

CAFE levels exceed expectations

If recent trends continue, automakers should be able to meet fuel economy standards in the next 12 years, say University of Michigan economists.

A year after the federal government announced the tougher corporate average fuel economy standards for model years 2017 through 2025, CAFE performance has exceeded anticipated levels for 2012 and 2013, by 0.2 mpg and 0.1 mpg, respectively.

Fuel economy has increased annually from model years 2008 through 2013, the researchers say. Overall, CAFE levels improved by 4.3 mpg in those six years, from 25.5 mpg to 29.8 mpg.

The standard for MY 2017 to 2025 is based on decreases of about 5 percent a year in carbon dioxide output per mile.

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