The Department of Transportation (DOT), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and California Air Resource Board (CARB) recently released the draft Technical Assessment Report (TAR) for emissions and fuel economy standards for light duty cars and trucks.
“Today’s draft report shows that automakers are developing far more technologies to improve fuel economy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, at similar or lower costs, than we thought possible just a few years ago,” EPA Office of Air and Radiation Acting Assistant Administrator Janet McCabe said. “And they are adopting these fuel-saving technologies into their fleets even faster than anticipated. This is simply great news for consumers, manufacturers, workers and the climate.”
Under the TAR, which covers model years (MY) 2022-2025, the industry is well on its way to meeting the standards established in a 2012 rulemaking. The report also shows that automakers are meeting those standards while still attaining massive cost savings when compared to anticipated spending rates.
“Automakers have already implemented new technologies that are saving American drivers money and cut national fuel consumption and carbon emissions today,” National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator Dr. Mark Rosekind said. “The draft report supports that the administration’s fuel economy program can continue to incentivize innovation and reduce fuel consumption while also ensuring that consumers can continue to choose the vehicles they want to drive.”