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CAFE Requirements

First enacted by Congress in 1975, the purpose of CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy)  is to reduce energy consumption by increasing the fuel economy of cars and light trucks. NHTSA administers the CAFE program, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides the fuel economy data. NHTSA sets fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks sold in the U.S. while EPA calculates the average fuel economy for each manufacturer. This site contains an immense amount of information about the CAFE program including a CAFE overview, rulemaking actions, fleet characteristics data, compliance activities, summaries of manufacturers' fuel economy performances since 1978, and related studies. [definition provided by NHTSA]

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