EPA's Top MPG and Emissions Cop: Industry Ahead of Schedule to Meet New MPG Standards

TTAC Staff
by TTAC Staff
epa s top mpg and emissions cop industry ahead of schedule to meet new mpg standards

In an extensive interview with the Automotive News, Christopher Grundler, director of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality, said that the auto industry is ahead of schedule on meeting the Obama administration’s new fuel economy standards that mandate a nominal average of 54.5 mpg (according to CAFE calculations) by the year 2025.

He said that most redesigned cars are already meeting the proposed 2016 CAFE standards. Grundler’s office is responsible for making sure that new car’s meet pollution standards and that their advertised fuel economy isn’t overstated. Recently, Hyundai and Kia were charged by the agency with overstating gas mileage claims and the EPA has also pressured Ford about it’s mpg rating for the C-Max hybrid, whose real world fuel economy doesn’t seem to match its EPA rating of 47 mpg. Grundler says that the EPA’s aggressive regulatory stance will continue and that the agency is shifting personnel resources from developing new environmental and fuel economy technologies to compliance and enforcement. He also said that the agency is working on finishing “Tier 3” rules for tailpipe emissions and gasoline, in order to harmonize federal standards with California’s strict tailpipe emissions rules and that the agency is also looking at ways of harmonizing U.S. emissions standards with those used globally.

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  • Lorenzo Lorenzo on Oct 11, 2013

    Aaah, just ignore the EPA. They're a bunch of pinko commie preverts anyway. Why can't the car makers be like the WWII vets at the WWII Memorial? Just ignore the government bums before they get the idea they're calling the shots. People are defying the government in National Parks all over the country, so now might be a good time for regulator push back.

  • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Oct 12, 2013

    @Mikey - seems to me that the "groundhog" loop is a nightmare just for you. BTW, you and PCH were the first to bring up tariffs. It must be taxing for you and that is why you do not take responsibility for your chickensh!t approach to this debate.

    • Mikey Mikey on Oct 12, 2013

      Lou_BC....."Denver Mike" and I are !NOT! the same person. Is that clear?

  • DenverMike DenverMike on Oct 12, 2013

    @Lou - I didn't bring up tariffs and Pch mentioned them in passing. Yourself and BAFO went on full Chicken tax assault for no particular reason.

  • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Oct 18, 2013

    @Mikey - no it is not! @DenverMikey - there was a reason - it annoys the sh!t out of you.