It’s the heart of the summer driving season and a time when Arizona drivers are feeling the pinch at the pump. To help ease the pain, many citizens and environmental groups are encouraging the Obama Administration to increase the fuel-efficiency standards for cars and light trucks to as high as 60 mpg by 2025.

Phyllis Cuttino, the director of the Pew Clean Energy Program, says the standard would reduce air pollution and oil consumption. And she adds that fewer trips to the gas station would also result in big savings for drivers.

“Any time you can get our cars and trucks to go farther on a gallon of gas, that’s going mean that consumers are really going to save money,” Cuttino notes.

Giving automakers 14 years to hit a 60-mpg standard is certainly doable, Cuttino says. She points out that they have risen to previous fuel efficiency challenges in the past.

“They have got the technological know-how and the smarts to really create cars that can go farther on a tank of gas. And we have all confidence that American automakers can meet and exceed this standard,” she says.

An EPA-Department of Transportation analysis found that a 62-mpg standard would save vehicle owners an average of more than $6,000 over the life of a car and save more than one billion barrels of oil.

The agencies are expected to release a proposed joint rule to elevate fuel efficiency fleet-wide by the end of September.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.