Sometime in the coming week, the White House is expected to announce a modest 1.5% annual increase in fuel efficiency, rather than a summary freeze in vehicle mileage, but one that still falls well short of the current mandate.
The Trump administration’s “Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient Vehicles Rule” attemps to justify a CAFE rollback in several ways, most notably by claiming that the push for better mileage would result in vehicles that are lighter and less likely to stand up to a crash.
The administration’s proposal would actually add $300 billion in higher fuel costs this decade. That figure is also a matter of debate and would depend on fuel prices. Gas is quickly falling towards a national average of under $2 a gallon and is already well below that in some areas. Fuel prices will likely recover once we get past the coronavius crisis.
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