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What the new emissions standards will mean to automakers: Technology Review

With the backing of 13 car companies, the United Auto Workers and other parties, the Obama Administration announced the biggest step forward on auto efficiency in over a generation. The new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulations just finalized target the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent of 54.5 mpg by model year 2025, double the efficiency of this year’s vehicle fleet. Exploring the engineering challenges entailed in meeting the new standards, ​an article in MIT’s Technology Review quotes U-M auto efficiency expert John DeCicco’s perspective that it will involve a steady application of  “engineering we understand well”​ but not require any big technology breakthroughs.