Obama administration sets March 2016 deadline for new fuel efficiency requirements

Rebecca Hayward - 21 February 2014

The Obama administration is moving ahead with plans to set new fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

President Obama will order the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Transportation (DoT) to develop and issue the new standards by March 2016.

The new fuel efficiency requirements will mark the second phase of efforts to reduce harmful pollutants by targeting truck emissions.

In 2011 the Obama administration implemented fuel standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. The next round of regulations, which the President announced in his Climate Action Plan last summer, will set the standard for models beyond 2018.

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