California to Apply New Fuel Standards as Soon as Approved
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According to The Detroit News, California's fuel limits would require automakers to boost fuel economy to 35.7 mpg by 2016 and to 42.5 mpg by 2020. But even so, the agency will conduct an impartial review of California's request, EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson told aforementioned source.
"It is imperative that we get this decision right, and base it on the best available science and a thorough understanding of the law," she explained.
California insisted that the state wants to apply the new set of rules as soon as they are approved by the agency. Mary Nichols, chair of the California Air Resources Board, said the new standards would be effective since model year 2009.
"Nothing I saw changed the views that I had before is that there's a lot of great technology that we need to bring on," Nichols said at the Washington Auto Show according to the same source.
Obviously, automakers are still calling for a single national standard, pointing that different regulations would only reduce their sales which already reached the lowest point due to the economic downturn. California said its standards are likely to reduce new car sales by 4.7 percent by 2020.
"This is just a bureaucratic nightmare,” Sue Cischke, Ford Motor Co.' group vice president for sustainability, environment and safety, stated, explaining that adjusting models for state-dependent regulations would be extremely difficult.
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