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Washington Proposal Gives Automakers in the U.S. Until 2020 to Achieve 35 mpg

According to the Detroit Free Press, a proposal has been created to give automakers until 2020 to raise the fuel efficiency of their vehicles. By 2020 automakers in the U.S. would be required to raise the average fuel economy of their cars and trucks to 35 mpg.

“The auto industry has been staunchly opposed to several plans that would require 4% annual increases in fuel economy; many of those bills also had set overall standards as high as 40 m.p.g. by 2017.”

This new proposal would also end the credits that Detroit automakers receive for selling vehicles that can run on E85 fuel. Environmentalists have been opposed to the credit because most of the people that buy these “flex fuel” vehicles don’t actually use the E85 fuel.

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