By Drew Winter
The loud fight in the U.S. Congress over raising the national debt ceiling drowned out the announcement, but in late July, the Obama Admin. sealed an agreement with 13 major auto makers to implement the largest mandatory U.S. fuel-economy increase in history.
The proposal, expected to be finalized in September, mandates U.S. cars and trucks to average 54.5 mpg (4.3 L/100 km) by 2025.
But this begs the question: Now that politicians, environmental groups and most top auto maker executives have signed on, can it really be done? More importantly, can auto makers hit the target and still offer vehicles that are safe, roomy and affordable?