Government officials are celebrating the fact that vehicles sold in the United States on average boosted their fuel-efficiency in 2012.
By Lewis W. Diuguid
The Kansas City Star
They averaged 23.6 miles per gallon, the Environmental Protection Agency reports. While the 1.2 miles-per-gallon increase is good news, automakers like the Jerry Reed country song Eastbound And Down have a long way to go and a short time to get there.
Automakers need to attain 54.5 mpg by 2025. A review of the progress will occur in 2018. Thats good.
If the march toward better fuel efficiency continues at the current pace, automakers will only have improved about 7.2 mpg by 2018 and only 15.6 mpg by 2025.
At that pace, the average fuel efficiency will only be about 38 mpg by 2025. Somehow, automakers will have to get the average fuel efficiency in the U.S. to hit 54.5 mpg.
Maybe the government can exclude luxury cars, SUVs and pickup trucks from the count.