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NHTSA Finalizes Fuel Economy Standards For 2024 And Beyond

Both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have been busy over the past several weeks revising a number of standards. The EPA is currently working to revamp vehicle emissions standards – a move that Ford-backed lobby group the Alliance for Automotive Innovation supports – while the NHTSA is considering updating its five-star safety ratings, now requires mandatory crash reporting for all vehicles sold with advanced safety tech and recently finalized rules for autonomous vehicles without driver controls. The NHTSA has also been embroiled in a legal battle with a number of U.S. states over its decision to reinstate new fuel economy standards originally proposed to begin with the 2019 model year, but has now finalized those same standards for 2024 and beyond.

The new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards will increase fuel efficiency by 8 percent annually for vehicles built in the model years 2024-2025 and 10 percent annually for 2026 model year vehicles. The new standards will also increase the estimated fleetwide average by nearly 10 miles per gallon for the 2026 model year when compared to the 2021 model year. Ultimately, the new rule requires an industry-wide fleet average of roughly 49 miles per gallon for passenger cars and light trucks starting with the 2026 model year.

When compared to the old CAFE standards, the NHTSA estimates that the new rules will reduce fuel use by more than 200 billion gallons through 2050, saving customers considerable money at the pump and reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution in the process.

“NHTSA is helping American families by making life more affordable – and the air cleaner for their children. These vehicles will be better for the environment, safer than ever, and cost less to fuel over their lifetimes,” said Dr. Steven Cliff, NHTSA’s Deputy Administrator. “We are proud to fulfill President Biden’s mission to move us to a more sustainable future, one that strengthens American energy independence and helps put more money in American families’ pockets.”

We’ll have more on these new fuel economy standards soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for non-stop Ford news coverage.

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Comments

  1. Bill

    No MPGe requirements for electric vehicles?

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  2. Tigger

    “NHTSA is helping American families by making life more affordable – and the air cleaner for their children. These vehicles will be better for the environment, safer than ever, and cost less to fuel over their lifetimes,” said Dr. Steven Cliff, NHTSA’s Deputy Administrator. “We are proud to fulfill President Biden’s mission to move us to a more sustainable future, one that strengthens American energy independence and helps put more money in American families’ pockets.”

    Really? So the prices of new vehicles will not rise as a result of this mandate?

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  3. William Kircher

    Choice will be limited due to need to meet standards. Worse, raw material for battery packs may not be availble in sufficient amounts. These rules look good but are typical for the government mandates not based upon the market place.

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  4. David Dickinson

    These standards are completely ridiculous. As I said to those EV guys, the federal government is going to push ICEs out and who, in turn, swore that nobody will make you buy an EV. This is so typical of the current political state. They won’t take your choices away, but your options are very, very limited. Would you like to drive a 1000lb vehicle with a 1 liter ICE engine (needed to get to CAFE standards) or an 4000lb EV? The choice is yours. I recall a certain President who told me I could keep my doctors….and then I lost them all. Different guy in office, same tactics.

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    1. Everyday Patriot

      Don’t hesitate to goose-step right up to your soapbox, Brother.
      I appreciate, though, that you want to passively-aggressively refer to President and Patriot Barack Obama and President and Patriot Joe Biden.
      That was just way too classy of you.
      No one will force you to buy any vehicle you don’t want.
      No one.
      Not President and Patriot Joe Biden, and not President and Patriot Barack Obama.
      Your choice in vehicles is much easier than a woman’s choice for health care in Texas, or a teacher’s choice for teaching accurate history in Florida.
      (I can only imagine the umbrage you’re takin’ with those examples of Constitutional injustice, Y’all.)

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      1. James

        They may not force you to buy a new vehicle BUT they will tax you in a way you will have no choice but to comply with their governmental overreach .

        There is no shortage of oil . They use it as a tool to control everyone globally .

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  5. David Dickinson

    And shame on Ford and the other auto manufacturers for not fighting this tooth and nail. But it is obvious why not. If the Government forces everyone into a product that costs more, automobile manufacturer profits go up. We have another segment of the market that has been co-opted by the Government. The liberal politicians get what they want and the corporations that side with them get even more money. The Average Joe gets stuck with the bill again with higher vehicle and repair costs. Great. Just what we need in the new era of hyper-inflation.

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    1. Everyday Patriot

      LIBERAL LIBERAL LIBERAL LIBERAL LIBERAL LIBERAL LIBERAL LIBERAL LIBERAL
      LIBERAL LIBERAL LIBERAL LIBERAL LIBERAL LIBERAL LIBERAL LIBERAL LIBERAL
      LIBERAL LIBERAL LIBERAL LIBERAL LIBERAL LIBERAL LIBERAL LIBERAL LIBERAL.

      THERE.

      We ALL heard you.

      Feel better?

      You still don’t have to buy an electric vehicle, Brother.
      Nor do you have to buy an internal combustion vehicle that pollutes less via non-renewable resources.

      I guarantee no one will force you to do either of those.

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  6. Mike

    No wonder Ford divided itself into 2 different companies. It must have known this was coming. Watch it spin off the ICE division, let it fail and go bankrupt, while it it becomes the EV company it has dreamed of becoming for years, with the governments help. You wait, the next thing that is going to happen, is these auto companies are going to go to the government with hands out, telling them that they need money to get this done in this time frame, and we will all be financing it with our tax dollars, so we can pay way more for an EV vehicle.

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    1. David Dickinson

      You are 100% correct. A lot of the automotive news that previously didn’t make sense suddenly makes sense in light of these draconian regulations. Your prognostications look accurate too. We will pay more for the vehicles and, even if we don’t buy one we will be forced to subsidize those that due via taxation.

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    2. Everyday Patriot

      Okay, thanks, Mike.

      Got it.

      SO GLAD you cleared that right up for us.

      Smooches!

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  7. jbbooky

    You’ll be out of luck unless you buy a truck. What’s good for corporate greed is mandatory for me, so says our gov’t. and the ignorant masses.

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  8. Dwayne D

    Anything the government has it’s hands in always fail. The only reason it continues is they keep printing money to keep failed things going. They don’t understand the Bill of Rights. We the people tell the government what to do NOT the other way around.

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    1. Everyday Patriot

      Thanks!

      Forgot that someone here would spew forth with the fascist talkin’ points.

      Thanks for not disappointing America!

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      1. Mike

        Fascist talking points? When the argument is weak the negative labelling begins. This type of “discourse” will surely bring this country down. Especially when paired with all the anti capitalism, lack of border control and lawlessness going on right now.

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  9. Roger Tolfa

    Make them build them without any petroleum byproducts such as plastics. A barrel of oil is used for much more than just gasoline. And don’t lubricate them with any oil products either and see how far down the road they make it.

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  10. David Dickinson

    There is a GM product that I really like, namely, the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing. It has been applauded by nearly everyone, so I thought it was odd that GM stated it was the last ICE Blackwing engine to be developed. I will make the assumption that both GM and Ford are in CAFE cahoots together. The federal government got their buy-in by only telling these two unionized domestic labels what their future CAFE plans were. Thus, we saw the inexplicably strong pivot by both domestic labels to EVs, despite the fact that customers weren’t asking for EVs. By only telling Ford and GM of this in advance, the two domestic labels got a serious competitive advantage over other manufacturers. The Government gets its Shangri-la EV world, the corporations get more sales by eliminating the competition and more profits from selling more expensive cars (with government taxpayer subsidies), the unions get more work, and the politicians get union dues.

    Corruption to the max. I hope Honda, Toyota, etc. sue the federal government. It’s a sad day when Americans need foreign companies to stand up for them.

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    1. Everyday Patriot

      You don’t have to buy anything you don’t want, Dave.

      Limiting choice is the new modus operandi of the extreme right, so I’m sure you aren’t going to be hypocritical and embrace the stuff in Idaho, Florida and Texas.
      I mean, you ARE for personal choice…..or do I misunderstand you?

      It’s hard, sometimes, to read between the lines of your own personal “Mein Kampf” here, since we’re really just here to read about Ford and the direction they’re moving (to match what a majority of God-fearin’, Patriotic Americans have expressed repeatedly).

      Always good to see somethin’ from ya here, Brother.

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