New Fuel Economy Standards To Be Announced

The Obama administration is expected to announce, as early as Friday, new fuel economy standards for cars and trucks. For cars, it will be 30.2 mpg, up from the current 27.5. For trucks, it'll be just over 24 mpg. The administration was required by law to come up with the standards, which go into effect two years from now. Automakers haven't voiced any objections. Some environmentalists say the bump in fuel efficiency standards isn't enough. An administration official told Bloomberg News that more stringent requirements are in the works.

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INSKEEP: President Obama's administration is expected to announce, as early as today, new fuel mileage rules for cars and trucks. For cars it would be 30.2 miles per gallon, which is up from the current 27 and half. For trucks, it'll be just over 24 miles per gallon required. The administration was required by law to come up with these standards, which go into effect a couple of years from now. Automakers haven't voiced any objections. Some environmentalists say the bump-up in fuel efficiency standards is nice but not enough. And administration officials tell Bloomberg News that more stringent requirements are in the works.

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