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Nationwide Survey Finds Broad Support for 60 MPG Standard by 2025

May 17, 2011

WASHINGTON – The Consumer Federation of America recently conducted a nationwide survey of 2,000 individuals and found that a majority (85 percent) are concerned about gas prices and believe it’s important to increase fuel-economy standards (75 percent). Even more people surveyed (87 percent) believe it’s important to reduce oil consumption.

One of the surprising findings is that most Republicans and Democrats surveyed (64 percent) agree that the federal government should require car companies to meet an average 60-mpg standard by 2025 with what the news release said is a “five-year payback period,” where the increased up-front cost of a vehicle is paid for in fuel savings within five years.

Survey respondents indicated support for the following policies:

  • The federal government requiring car companies to meet a 60 mpg standard by 2025 (62 percent vs. 32 percent).
  • A federally-set 60 mpg standard with a five-year payback period (64 percent vs. 30 percent).
  • State governments being permitted to continue setting vehicle emissions standards (65 percent vs. 31 percent).

“Concern about volatile gasoline prices and support for higher standards is driven by the huge and rising bite gas expenditures are taking from household budgets—from less than $2,000 in 2009 to more than $3,000 this year,” said Mark Cooper, CFA’s research director and energy expert. “Pain at the pump, along with the country’s oil import dependence, has produced a growing consensus that the federal government should substantially increase fuel economy standards. And among independent technical experts, there is a growing consensus that committed car companies could meet these higher standards.”

Despite the fact that this is a consumer-focused survey, it shows broad support for higher fuel economy standards, reduced emissions, and government mandates at the state and federal levels, all of which will affect how fleets operate.

One interesting finding in the survey is that the number of vehicles getting better than 30 mpg increased from 14 models in 2008 to 60 in 2011. In addition, the CFA found consumers are purchasing those vehicles. In 2008, the CFA found the percentage of cars purchased with greater than 30 mpg among the top 100 selling vehicles was 6 percent. In 2011, that percentage increased to 15 percent.

A copy of the study can be downloaded at:

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  1. 1. Glenn Albert [ May 18, 2011 @ 10:14AM ]

    I am curious to know if anyone will address the REAL problem? The real problem is that the Speed Limits are TOO HIGH. Every vehicle achieves its maximum fuel efficiency when reaching its highest gear and staying at the lowest speed in that gear. This happens between 45 & 50 miles per hour. My own experience proves this. I had to deal with major highway construction in my commute to work in the recent past. The speed limit was reduced from 55 to 45 miles per hour. I achieved a 25% increase in the number of miles driven (which equates to a 25% fuel SAVINGS). This is the simple solution which results in a win-win situation for all concerned. What would happen if everyone used 25% less fuel? The Demand for fuel would decrease. The Supply of fuel would Increase. The price of fuel would Decrease. Automakers would not have to push engine research and development costs on to customers. Fuel would become affordable. Vehicles would become more affordable. Lives would be saved as accidents decrease and are not as severe. Insurance costs (and lawsuits) would therefore go down. People have more money to spend on other things. Think of the prosperity possibilities! It’s just common sense. Unfortunately, common sense no longer exists in America.

  2. 2. Laurie [ May 24, 2011 @ 02:47PM ]

    Being in HVAC with a progressive nature, people will leverage with an eye on Savings to Investment. There have existed many a conspiracy theory on why we aren't beyond this now.

    With HR918 being introduced, and this in the face of the call to remove the 3% withholding...

    Well...Glenn is really does come down to personal responsibility, and I have seen people loosen their responsibilities when given extra energy dollars in their pocket.

    Showing my age here, but as a young child going through the energy crisis of the 70s...I do remember one campaign that I understood and felt as a young child and I actually utilize it today when talking to youth: Save the was Chevron who marketed it...How brilliant ... something as a child I was facinated with and they made it real and living in the day. In truth, I a mostly surprised I remember it was a Chevron who marketed it after all these years.

  3. 3. Dusan Mihajlovic [ May 27, 2011 @ 02:51PM ]

    Despite the fact that this is a consumer-focused survey, it shows broad support for higher fuel economy standards, reduced emissions, and government mandates at the state and federal levels, all of which will affect how fleets operate.

  4. 4. chet [ May 31, 2011 @ 08:10AM ]

    any time a president sets a mandate for better fuel economy, the auto industry does rise to the occasion, albeit with slow progress. the technology I'm sure is already in their hands, but I believe the oil industry is lining the pockets of the auto industry. The goverment should push the mandate up, not allowing so much time for these money grubbers to steal the publics hard earned money.


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