Federal Fuel Economy Standards To Rise
President Obama has announced new requirements for increasing fuel economy, reaching a standard of 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016. CAFE, or corporate average fuel economy, is a sales-based average of a manufacturer's vehicle fleet for a given model year. The federal government sets the CAFE standards that manufacturers must meet under the Energy Policy Conservation Act, passed in 1975 in the wake of the Arab oil embargo.
Federal CAFE standards, in miles per gallon