New US CAFE regulations

A bill passed by the US House of Representatives yesterday calls for a significant US Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency improvements which could mean carmakers in the US must produce a range of cars with an average fuel efficiency of 35 miles/gal by 2020, which is a 40% improvement over current levels. The proposed legislation also calls for 36 billion gallons ethanol for fuel blending by the same time. This information from the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner which adds

The bill sets separate standards for cars and light trucks and SUVs, which Stevens argued was important for Western states like Alaska where pickups are still widely used despite high gas prices. The compromise would establish a system that assigns mileage targets based on the size of the vehicle.

There is more detail on ICIS news’ article US Congress gives final OK to huge ethanol boost

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