Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement in reaction to a report issued by the Department of Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board that shows automakers are exceeding federal benchmarks for improved fuel economy. For example, automakers in 2014 outperformed the standards by 1.4 miles per gallon.
The Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards were set by regulation in 2012 for model years 2017-2025, ultimately rising to 54.5 miles per gallon. The report is the first step of a regulatory review that could lead to an increase in the CAFE standards for model years 2022-2025.
"Today’s report is great news, confirming that technological innovation has made it more efficient for automakers to increase the fuel economy of their cars. Given the demonstrated success of the program, I encourage the administration to pursue the strongest possible standards going forward," said Senator Feinstein. "Ever more efficient cars would mean greater savings for consumers and emissions reductions for the American people. I’m also proud that California is playing a leadership role, partnering with the federal government to push for the strongest possible CAFE program nationwide."
Feinstein was a lead sponsor of the “ten-in-ten” fuel economy law, enacted in December 2007 as part of a comprehensive energy package. The law requires an increase in average fuel economy standards for America’s fleet of vehicles by at least 10 miles per gallon over 10 years. It also requires the federal government to set a maximum feasible fuel economy standard each year. This law marked the largest increase in fuel efficiency targets in more than two decades.