Comments on Reforming the Automobile Fuel Economy Standards Program
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, it might have made sense for these vehicles to be placed in a separate category. But in the ensuing 27 years, the car/light truck dichotomy that exists under CAFE no longer makes practical sense. Unfortunately, the CAFE program has failed to keep pace with changing consumer trends. Indeed, we believe that CAFE’s structure – with vehicles classified as “light trucks” having to meet a far lower average fuel efficiency standard –20.7 miles per gallon (mpg) rather than the average fuel efficiency standard for cars, at 27.5 mpg — has in fact fostered and promoted the manufacture and sale of large, fuel-inefficient vehicles such as SUVs.