Obama’s new fuel economy paves the way for EVs and hybrids

Blog Post created by andrewklock Employee on Aug 7, 2011

9851049-large[1]The Nissan Leaf, an all-electric vehicle, was named World Car of the Year at the New York International Auto Show in April. 

Last week, the Obama administration struck a deal with automakers to double automobile and light-duty truck mileage by 2025. The proposed standards would require that, starting in 2025, any vehicle sold in the U.S. must average 54.5 miles per gallon—double the current 27 miles per gallon.

While critics of the plan say that the new standards will result in increased car prices, supporters say that the new plan will spur much-needed innovation in the automobile industry. “Automakers need to take major steps to coax buyers into smaller vehicles, cut fuel use with turbochargers and hybrids, slash vehicle weight, and take other measures,” USA Today reported. “Every little step will matter.”

The White House predicts that the new rules will save Americans $1.7 trillion dollars in fuel costs and will cut imported oil consumption in half.

Owners of hybrid and electric vehicles constantly rave about the savings they get by avoiding the pump, especially with gas prices climbing to over $4.00 a gallon in most states. With these new fuel efficiency standards, automakers will likely turn even more attention to manufacturing affordable hybrid and electric vehicles. However, as more and more hybrid and electric vehicles hitting the road, it will become more and more important for first responders to be properly trained in handling them—and that’s where EV Safety Training comes in.