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Turns out, the 2025 CAFE standard wasn't a mandate, but an estimate.

The EPA and the auto industry have agreed that the 54.5 mpg target was simply too high. So, they moved the goalposts.

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The auto industry doesn't like where this is headed.

A jump from $5.50 to $14 for each missed 1/10th of an MPG really adds up.

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How realistic is reaching the 2025 CAFE mandate now?

New-vehicle fuel economy has stayed about the same for the past two years.

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Autoline on Autoblog with John McElroy

Autoline's John McElroy suggests how to fix fuel-economy and emissions issues in the United States.

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Ex-EPA Officer Says Company Wanted Bonus Credits For Diesels

VW boycotted Obama's 2011 announcement of CAFE greenhouse-gas emissions standards.

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Contrary to perception, the EPA hasn't ruled on mandating a 54.5-mpg fleet average for 2025. The EPA won't make a decision on it until 2018.

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Tesla thinks that automakers should have no problem meeting the EPA's 54.5-mile-per-gallon CAFE standard for 2025. In fact the EV company, wants the regulation to be even tougher, if possible.

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Light-weighting, 8-Speed Transmissions May Do The Trick

Automakers may need to invest another $1,500 or so in midsize sedans in order to meet 2025 fuel-economy standards.

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Results Still Mixed As Fewer Light-Duty Trucks, SUVs Meet Current Standards

Consumer Federation says 2025 CAFE standards are "achievable" and that automakers are making progress.

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Agency Announces Automakers Are Ahead In GHG Emissions Game

For the 2013 model year (and the second year in a row), the auto industry is making cars that are 1.4 mpg cleaner than the regulations say they need to be right now.

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CAFE Standards Get Harder To Reach As Gas Prices Fall

The US federal government might think about loosening the CAFE fuel-efficiency requirements for 2025.

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Fewer Accidents Mean Less Pollution, Right?

Automakers lobby to get federal government to offer fuel-economy credits for safety features.

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Mark Rosekind Says Recalls Could Increase In 2015

With a statue of boxing legend Joe Louis in the background of his press conference at Cobo Hall, the new administrator of the federal agency charged with protecting motorists vowed to get tougher with automakers that flout government regulations.

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CAFE standards aren't likely to change with in 2017's midterm review, Ward's Auto reports, despite falling fuel prices and the negative impact they're having on more fuel-efficient vehicles.

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The last Mercedes-Benz AMG model I drove was the CLS63 AMG. It had a 5.5-liter, twin-turbocharged V8, 550 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. Oh, and it also had a standard stop-start system and an Eco mode, two features that are kind of silly on a sedan that will hit 60 miles per hour in under four seconds.

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When it comes to global oil production, Saudi Arabia is one of the absolute leaders, producing nearly 10 million barrels of crude every day. That means it can offer its citizens gas prices of about 45 cents per gallon. Despite this remarkably low price, though, the controversial, monarchical Middle Eastern country has just announced a series of reforms for the auto industry that will see American/European/Chinese-style fleet fuel efficiency standards come into effect.

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And Just Look At What You Can Get With Your BMW i8

Apparently, Chevrolet Volt battery covers make suitable homes for bats. As part of an Eagle Scout project, Matthew Netherland created 30 bat houses out of scrapped Volt battery covers donated by Chevy. 22 of the bat houses will be set up near hydroelectric dams in Michigan. Each bat house will accommodate 100 bats, and divert the scrapped materials from the landfill. The battery covers also make great nesting boxes for wood ducks, which General Motors has previously set up at its Milford, Michig

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Remember, the target is 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. Today, the CAFE level is a little over 30. How we get from here to there is something the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is monitoring closely. Thus, the EPA just released an annual flash report on how the auto industry is progressing towards meeting the nation's fuel economy goals.

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In his State Of The Union speech last week, President Obama made mention of higher fuel economy standards for big trucks. We all know (or should, at least), that picking up the low-mpg stragglers in our vehicle fleet is where we can make big efficiency gains, but what would greener trucks mean for the average American - besides some cleaner air, hopefully?

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The green car rhetoric of President Obama's State Of The Union speech last night was much, much softer than it was three years ago. That was when he spoke about a million electric vehicles on the road by 2015. It was even less vociferous than last year, when Obama said we could take money given to oil and gas companies and put it into an "Energy Security Trust." So, what is the state of the green car union for 2014? In a word: renewable. In two more words: natural gas.

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Johnson Controls executive Brian Kesseler isn't likely to get any holiday presents this year from Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn or Tesla Motors head Elon Musk, but lots of other folks might be happy with what he has to say about automakers' efforts to reach stricter fleetwide fuel-economy standards.

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