The United States continues to lag far behind the rest of the world in fuel economy standards for passenger vehicles, according to a new report released this week by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT).
However, the US is poised to make large strides: A Senate bill to increase mileage standards to 35 MPG now pending in House of Representatives would put the US ahead of Canada, Australia, and South Korea by 2020.
The ICCT report, “Passenger Vehicle Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Economy Standards: A Global Update,” is a technical comparison of vehicle standards in eight major countries, states and regions.
U.S. passenger vehicle fuel economy standards lag behind most other industrialized nations even after accounting for regulatory actions to increase federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for light trucks under taken last year.
Some key findings from the report:
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