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This may not be the car of the future, but by 2025 we may see some changes. CC by Howard N2GOT/Flickr

The CAFÉ standards may get increased to 60 miles per gallon by 2025. Standards are already due to be up to 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016. Fuel standards are not tied to a single model, but an average of all models offered by a car maker. Emission levels per unit of fuel consumed is also part of the formula.

Old standards out and new standards in

When Obama was running for president, he said he’d improve energy standards. 35.5 mpg will be the standard for fuel by 2016. This is because of White House regulations already passed. The White House has decided to raise them again, reports USA Today . This time, the goal may be for automakers to reach an average of 60 mpg by 2025. These standards haven’t come out yet. The CAFÉ standards wouldn’t even be passed until 2011 or 2012.

Determining standards

These fuel economy standards are called Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFÉ. Wikipedia explains what CAFÉ standards mean. Every car isn’t expected to hit this high standard. It ends up being the average use of fuel for every vehicle a manufacturer has on the road. The first regulations were passed a long time ago. In fact, it happened in 1975. 1990 was the last time CAFÉ standards were increased. The requirement was 27.5 mpg then. There will be an increase to 30.2 miles per gallon in 2011.

The law’s intent

The law would be used to make automakers follow a certain pattern. More electric vehicles and hybrids would have to be made. Then there are the catches. There are a few. Not everyone can afford a new car or is willing to buy one. Hybrid and electric vehicles need to make changes. They aren’t up to a lot of different tasks. A full sized pickup is a vehicle a lot of people require for work. It is big enough to tow heavy loads and large enough to get into hard to reach places.


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