Clean Car Standards Resource Center
In August 2012, federal agencies in the United States finalized a new set of standards (known as the ”National Program”) to increase fuel efficiency and cut global warming pollution from the transportation sector.
Supported by automakers, unions, national security groups, and environmentalists, the standards set fuel economy and global warming emission targets, based on vehicle size, for new cars and trucks sold in the United States. The standards increase in stringency every year and come in two phases: 2012-2016 and 2017-2025.
Enacting strong standards is the single most important step toward implementing the UCS Half the Oil Savings Plan, which would cut America’s projected oil use in half over the next 20 years.
Learn more about the history and many benefits of this program through the following fact sheets and resources.
- Fuel Economy Standards and the Mid-term Review (2016)
As the standards move into their second phase, how have automakers reached their targets?
- The Benefits of Clean Car Standards in the Northeast (2016)
Thanks to strong fuel economy standards, Northeast drivers have cut climate pollution and saved billions—but the standards may be in jeopardy.
- Tomorrow’s Clean Vehicles, Today (2015)
Cars and trucks are already meeting—and beating—future CAFE and global warming emission standards.
- Protecting Consumers from Pain at the Pump (2012)
We can protect ourselves from future oil price spikes by producing clean, fuel-efficient vehicles.
- Translating New Auto Standards into On-Road Fuel Efficiency (2011)
What will a 54.5 mpg clean car standard actually mean to drivers on the road?
- Agreement on Fuel Efficiency & Auto Pollution Standards (MY2017-2025) (2011)
Background on the standards, which will save consumers money, protect public health, cut America’s oil use, and help create jobs.
- The National Program (2011)
An outline of the history and legal foundations of the national program that sets joint fuel efficiency and global warming pollution standards for automobiles.
- The Costs of Delay (2011)
Congressional riders blocked any improvement in fuel efficiency standards in the 1990s, a delay that cost American consumers nearly $200 billion at the gas pump. Current attacks on the Clean Air Act would levy similar costs on Americans.
- The Road Ahead (2010)
Automakers have the technology to meet standards of at least 60 miles per gallon for new light-duty vehicles in model year 2025.
- Clean Car and Truck Standards (MY 2012–2016) (2010)
Model year 2012-2016 national standards save oil, cut emissions, and save money at the pump.