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60 MPG by 2025?

July 11, 2011

HARTFORD, Conn. - It's the heart of the summer driving season and a time when Connecticut drivers are feeling the pinch at the pump. To help ease the pain, many citizens and environmental groups are encouraging the Obama Administration to increase the fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks to as high as 60 miles per gallon (mpg) by 2025.

The director of the Pew Clean Energy Program, Phyllis Cuttino, says the standard would reduce air pollution and oil consumption. And she adds that fewer trips to the gas station would also result in big savings for drivers.

"Any time you can get our cars and trucks to go farther on a gallon of gas, that's going to mean consumers are really going to save money."

An EPA-Department of Transportation analysis found that a 60-mpg standard would save vehicle owners an average of more than $6,000 over the life of a car and save more than 1 billion barrels of oil. The agencies are expected to release a proposed joint rule to elevate fuel efficiency fleet-wide by the end of September.

Cuttino says giving automakers 14 years to hit a 60-mpg standard is certainly doable. She points out that they have already risen to previous fuel-efficiency challenges.

"They have got the technological know-how and the smarts to create cars that can go farther on a tank of gas. We have all confidence that American automakers can meet and exceed this standard."

The poll results are available at http://tinyurl.com/3lx3dfa.

Melinda Tuhus, Public News Service - CT