New Fuel Standards May Help Save Consumers Money
Details of the new fuel economy standards have been released by the White House. The government is working on the rules to help lower the pollution created by cars and light-duty trucks and to help consumers save money at the fuel pump. The standards would require new vehicles to be capable of a 54.5 miles per gallon efficiency by 2025. The standards would first go into development and use on new cars being produced in 2017. The fuel standards as of today are requiring manufacturers to aim for 35.4 miles per gallon by the beginning of 2016.
Consumers Union, the advocacy branch of Consumer Reports, supports the changes. Ensuring that vehicles get over 50 miles per gallon of fuel would save drivers thousands of dollars per year, especially as gasoline prices fluctuate and rise. It will also help lower the country’s dependence on foreign oil producers. The goal isn’t unobtainable or unrealistic either, especially with the time period allowed for the changes to be made. Consumers are widely supporting the fuel standards because even buyer who can’t buy a new, fuel efficient vehicle when it is first released will be able to afford one later when they enter the used vehicle market.
The Consumer Reports National Research Center surveyed consumers about their feelings towards the changes. 80 percent of respondents felt that the manufacturers should be required to make the changes the White House is requesting. 77 percent agree that the government should continue to enforce fuel standards on the automakers, and 93 want better fuel efficiency for all new vehicles. 64 percent of people expect that the next vehicle they purchase will use less gasoline or diesel, and 89 are purchasing these vehicles specifically for the lower fuel costs.