The Department of Transportation announced the first increase in 25 years of the nation’s fuel economy standards Friday. Under the new rules, 2011 model year, cars will be required to get, on average, 30.2 miles per gallon and light trucks, such as pick-ups, SUVs and vans, will have to average 24.1 mpg. The 2011 standard will use an attribute-based system, which sets fuel economy standards for individual vehicle models, based on size.
“These standards are important steps in the nation’s quest to achieve energy independence and bring more fuel efficient vehicles to American families,” said Secretary of Dept. of Transportation LaHood.