The Obama administration is expected to push back the fuel efficiency proposal which will improve fuel efficiency of cars, SUV’s, and trucks.
The EPA along with the Transportation Department will release a draft outlining fuel efficiency expectations for 2017 through 2025 model years. The draft will be open to public comment. Several sources familiar with the matter stated that the draft will be pushed back for possibly another month or longer. There was no official word from government officials.
In July there was an agreement between automakers and officials in California that outlined a mandatory fuel economy guideline of 54.5 mpg for company fleet vehicles by the year 2025. This agreement will “soften the impact for production of light trucks,” such as the Dodge Ram truck, a primary product for Chrysler Group, according to Automotive News.
According to Automotive News; “the administration would — with a short delay — remain on track to meet its deadline for issuing final rules next July, five years before they take effect. That timeline gives the auto industry room to plan its vehicle mix and make any production or technology changes.”
The EPA and the NHTSA are working in collaboration to write the regulations, which will be based on the July agreement with automakers and the state of California-which is one of the biggest markets and environmental leadership involvement.
Sources relay that officials are moving slow on the final agreement regarding fuel economy regulations so they can take into account issues that will be raised from industry and the public. The White House budget office will also need to review the proposal before any regulations will be official.