The release of the new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for the US has been delayed until mid-November
, as the government says additional time is needed to wrap up loose ends. The Environmental Protection Agency
and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA) intended to release full details of the proposed program and analyses by the end of September.
"We have worked closely with all key stakeholders including the car companies, the State of California, and others as we move toward releasing the proposed rule. Given the historic nature of this joint rule between EPA and DOT, as well as the necessary coordination with California, it was recently determined that additional time was needed and we expect to issue a proposal for MY-2017-2025 vehicles by mid-November," the EPA said in a recent statement.
In late July, President Obama announced an agreement with 13 automakers to increase CAFE standards to 54.5 miles per gallon for cars and light-duty trucks by MY-2025.
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