On March 15, 2017, the President, EPA Administrator, Department of Transportation Secretary and other officials announced that EPA will review the fuel efficiency standards that were established in 2012 for light duty cars and truck with model years 2017-2025.  The current requirement is to increase fuel economy to the equivalent of 54.5 miles/gallon for light-duty cars and trucks by model year 2025. The Department of Transportation will re-open the Midterm Evaluation (MTE) process and work with EPA to complete the review no later than April 1, 2018, to determine whether the 2022-2025 standards established in the regulations are appropriate. If the MTE determines that the final determination issued during the previous administration is lacking, then the EPA would submit a new proposal for public comment.

You can obtain more information about the roll back of the fuel economy standards or the MTE process by clicking on the following links:

EPA News Release: https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-reexamine-emission-standards-cars-and-light-duty-trucks-model-years-2022-2025

Midterm Evaluation: https://www.epa.gov/regulations-emissions-vehicles-and-engines/midterm-evaluation-light-duty-vehicle-greenhouse-gas-ghg

Kyle Hagen, P.E., is the Manager of Engineering Services at Smith Management Group.  You can reach Kyle at kyleh@smithmanage.com.