April 3, 2003
NHTSA Announces Final Model Year
Fuel Economy Standards for Light Trucks
U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) today announced it will increase the corporate
average fuel economy (CAFE) standards for light trucks by 1.5 miles per
gallon (mpg) over the next three years, thus saving more than 3.6 billion
gallons of gas over the lifetime of the trucks affected.
Under the new rule, the current standard of 20.7 mpg will increase to 21.0
mpg for Model Year 2005, 21.6 mpg for MY 2006, and 22.2 mpg for MY 2007. The
final rule adopts the proposed standards that were issued by NHTSA in
December and apply to pickup trucks, vans, and sport utility vehicles.
?This increase represents the first increase since MY 1996 and is the
greatest increase in fuel economy standards in the last 20 years,? said
NHTSA Administrator Jeffrey W. Runge, M.D.
Today?s action marks the first increase in fuel economy standards since CAFE
standards were frozen by Congress for six years through a provision in DOT?s
annual appropriations acts.
"The Bush administration is committed to improving vehicle fuel economy
while protecting passenger safety and American jobs," Dr. Runge said.
NHTSA?s economic analysis shows that this rule results in a net benefit to
consumers through better fuel economy.
The new fuel economy standards for light trucks are just one component of
the Bush Administration?s comprehensive approach to improve vehicle fuel
economy, Dr. Runge said. To encourage Americans to buy more fuel efficient
vehicles, the President proposed tax incentives for the purchase of hybrid
vehicles. In his State of the Union speech, the President also proposed $1.2
billion in research funding so that America can lead the world in developing
For model years beyond those covered in the final rule, NHTSA said it plans
to consider new ways to administer the CAFE program, including modifications
in the classification of vehicles and methods of measuring fuel economy.
The final rule for MY 2005-2007 light trucks is available to the public in
the DOT docket (Docket Number NHTSA 02-11419). The rule is also posted on
the Internet and can be viewed after searching for this docket number at
Final Rule: Light Truck Average Fuel Economy Standards Model Years 2005-2007