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White House to freeze CAFE mpg targets?

White House to freeze CAFE mpg targets?

by Justin King

The Trump administration is said to be pushing for 2020 limits to apply through 2026.

The Trump administration is reportedly considering a delay in implementing tighter fuel-efficiency standards.

The Department of Transportation is working on a proposal to simply freeze Corporate Average Fuel Economy requirements at 2020 levels through 2026, potentially averting a showdown over rumors that mpg thresholds would be "rolled back," according to Reuters.

If left unchanged, the regulations defined under the Obama administration will require automakers to hit a lofty CAFE goal of 54.5 mpg by 2025. As consumers shift toward SUVs, automakers have ramped up lobbying efforts to lower the targets.

California has reemerged as a wildcard, threatening to reintroduce tighter state-level regulations if the federal government unwinds the Obama-era rules.

The Trump administration is said to be meeting with California officials and automakers to negotiate a resolution to the simmering disagreements.