EPA thinks the 54.5 MPG threshold is not feasible anymore due to high sales of SUVs and trucks image

The federal regulator has released data that makes it predict the actual average will somewhere between 50 and 52.6 miles per gallon (4.7 l/100 km to 4.47 l/100 km).

The Environmental Protection Agency has recently published its Draft Technical Assessment Report that is integral to the agency’s Midterm Evaluation of Light-duty Vehicle GHG (greenhouse gas) Emissions Standards for Model Years 2022-2025. Aside from the obviously technical speak, we can extrapolate the MTE is crucial because it can affect the corporate average fuel economy target for the 2025 model year. According to the agency’s explanations, the results of the report are one of the ways to see if the proposed fuel economy target of 54.5 miles per gallon should be modified.

According to the paper, the “manufacturers are adopting fuel economy technologies at unprecedented rates” and together with their suppliers they have been developing and deploying innovative technologies geared towards surging fuel economy and lower emissions. The conclusion is the automakers will be able to reach the new fuel economy standards via efficient internal combustion engines – just a few hybrid and electric models will be needed. But the report also shows the government officials have actually all but abandoned the 54.5 mpg target due to the increasing sales of crossovers, SUVs and pickup trucks.