Last week President Obama, and the heads of numerous automakers, stood on a stage and announced the new Corporate Average for Fuel Economy (CAFE) will have a new target of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. That figure is lower than the 62 mpg that the government originally wanted, but was balked at by automakers.
From year 2017 to 2025 fuel economy standards for vehicles will need to increase 5 percent yearly, while pickup trucks will have to increase 3.5 percent from 2017 to 2021 and then move to 5 percent from 2022 to 2025.
While these new standards seem aggressive they also push automakers to continue to innovate and come up with new technologies to curb dependance on foreign oil. In the last few years the amount of new innovation from automakers has been astounding to address this issue and we’ve seen a whole new slew of vehicles and propulsion technologies come about.
Obviously, some of the innovation that will come from this will be in materials science category, with automakers using new, lightweight, materials and even coming up with new ways to make them stronger for use in automobiles and trucks.
Overall, while 54.5 mpg seems like a lofty goal, it will certainly be interesting to see what comes out of the automakers over the next 15 years to address this issue.