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EPA and DOT make case for new fuel economy standards, citing safety

SAFE Vehicles Rule revises earlier emissions standards

Posted August 6, 2018

On August 2, 2018, EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed The Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule for Model Years 2021-2026 Passenger Cars and Light Trucks (SAFE Vehicles Rule), which EPA says will allow customers to buy safer, more environmentally friendly vehicles. The new proposal comes after EPA issued its Mid-Term Evaluation Final Determination to evaluate current fuel economy standards for Model Year vehicles from 2020-2025. EPA asserts the standards were not appropriate and needed to be revised.

To make corrections, EPA and the NHTSA proposed strict fuel emission standards to decrease the effect of greenhouse gases emitting into the atmosphere. The SAFE Vehicles Rule will be the first formal step toward ensuring that vehicle manufacturers follow and achieve newer Model Year standards for all 2021-2026 cars and light-truck fleets.

EPA and NHTSA are currently seeking feedback on the new proposal. The comment period will be open for 60 days to provide additional feedback once the rule has been published in the Federal Register.

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