US announces new fuel economy standard for 2011

Drivers wait in traffic on 42nd Street in Midtown Manhattan during the morning rush hour in New York City
Drivers wait in traffic on 42nd Street in Midtown Manhattan during the morning rush hour April 1, 2008 in New York City. The US administration Friday announced updated automobile fuel efficiency standards for new vehicles starting with the 2011 model year that aim to reduce gasoline consumption and emissions.

The US administration Friday announced updated automobile fuel efficiency standards for new vehicles starting with the 2011 model year that aim to reduce gasoline consumption and emissions.

The new rules aim at implementing a 2007 law mandating better efficiency.

The new standards will raise the industry-wide combined average to 27.3 miles (43.9 kilometers) per gallon (3.8 liters), a increase of 2.0 miles per gallon over the 2010 model year average, the Transportation Department said in a statement.

The change "will save about 887 million gallons of fuel and reduce by 8.3 million metric tonnes," the agency said.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said that work on the multi-year plan for model years after 2011 is already well underway.

The administration of president George W. Bush had proposed new standards but in January scrapped the effort, leaving the update until after the presidential transition.

On January 26, President directed the Transportation Department to finalize the 2011 model year standard by the end of March.

(c) 2009 AFP


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