Skip to main content
Please enter a legal issue and/or a location
Begin typing to search, use arrow keys to navigate, use enter to select

Find a Lawyer

More Options

Obama, Automakers Announce that Cars Will Become Less Polluting and More Expensive

By Kevin Fayle on May 19, 2009 | Last updated on March 21, 2019
How much more would you pay for a less-polluting, more fuel-efficient car? 

The Obama administration is putting the number at $1,300 for you.  That's how much the new emissions limits and fuel-efficiency standards announced by the administration and automakers will end up costing consumers per vehicle once automakers fully implement them in 2016.
The new standards will require a minimum fuel-efficiency of 35.5 miles per gallon, and administration officials say that vehicles produced under the regulations will be 30 percent cleaner than they are now. 

Previous plans to increase fuel efficiency were set to increase the cost of vehicles by $700, and the new regulations will add $600 to that figure.  Administration officials claim that savings at the pump will offset the additional cost.

In exchange for the new tighter standards, the automakers will get the single national standard they have been fighting for since the first states began implementing greenhouse gas regulations at the state level.  The states, on the other hand, get the stricter rules that they have been supporting.

Automakers seem to be willing to trade a higher-cost product for a single standard, even in a year that has seen abysmal automobile sales. 

Maybe they're thinking that maybe, just maybe, the economy will have improved by 2016.

See Also:
Obama targets fuel efficiency standards (Daily Kos)
New fuel efficiency standards : Too much or not enough? (Scientific American)

You Don’t Have To Solve This on Your Own – Get a Lawyer’s Help

Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.

Or contact an attorney near you:
Copied to clipboard