Feds proposed new fuel economy rules

Mar 30, 2006

The federal government has proposed new fuel economy standards for light trucks, including the largest sport utility vehicles.

Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta said the proposed standards will save 10.7 billions of gallons of fuel.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the proposed fuel economy standards represent the second time the Bush administration has increased mileage standards for light trucks and the first complete reform of the Corporate Average Fuel Economy program for pickup trucks, sport utility vehicles and minivans since its inception in 1979.

"The new standards represent the most ambitious fuel economy goals for light trucks ever developed in the program's 27-year history," Mineta said. "And, more importantly, they close loopholes that have long plagued the current system."

The new standards set individual miles-per-gallon goals for all passenger trucks sold in the United States, requiring manufacturers to install fuel saving technology on all such vehicles.

The new fuel economy standards also strengthen the miles-per-gallon target for light trucks from 21.6 to 24 miles per gallon.

Large SUVs would be included in the CAFE program starting in 2011.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: The source of the sky's X-ray glow

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

The volcano of a hundred thousand mouths

Jul 02, 2014

When the 1893 World's Fair opened in Chicago, fairgoers aboard the world's first Ferris wheel soared high enough to compare two cities: the White City—gleaming whitewashed architecture built for the massive ...

Ford F-150 takes 'tough' to new level via aluminum

Jun 02, 2014

Some auto engineers are focused on next-gen luxury car projects designed for urban drivers, but engineers who have been part of the 2015 F-150 pickup truck effort from Ford have had special fish to fry. Namely, ...

Which has a more efficient 'engine': A tuna or a whale?

May 12, 2014

A large gray whale and a much smaller skipjack tuna each propels itself through water. Which is the more efficient swimmer? It has been difficult to compare propulsion efficiencies of animals of different ...

Recommended for you

The source of the sky's X-ray glow

13 hours ago

In findings that help astrophysicists understand our corner of the galaxy, an international research team has shown that the soft X-ray glow blanketing the sky comes from both inside and outside the solar system.

End dawns for Europe's space cargo delivery role

23 hours ago

Europe will close an important chapter in its space flight history Tuesday, launching the fifth and final robot ship it had pledged for lifeline deliveries to the International Space Station.

Giant crater in Russia's far north sparks mystery

Jul 26, 2014

A vast crater discovered in a remote region of Siberia known to locals as "the end of the world" is causing a sensation in Russia, with a group of scientists being sent to investigate.

NASA Mars spacecraft prepare for close comet flyby

Jul 26, 2014

NASA is taking steps to protect its Mars orbiters, while preserving opportunities to gather valuable scientific data, as Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring heads toward a close flyby of Mars on Oct. 19.

Bacteria manipulate salt to build shelters to hibernate

Jul 25, 2014

For the first time, Spanish researchers have detected an unknown interaction between microorganisms and salt. When Escherichia coli cells are introduced into a droplet of salt water and is left to dry, b ...

How do we terraform Venus?

Jul 25, 2014

It might be possible to terraform Venus some day, when our technology gets good enough. The challenges for Venus are totally different than for Mars. How will we need to fix Venus?

User comments : 0