Don’t you wish you could be Barack Obama? He waved a magic wand sprinkled with unicorn farts and decreed from on high that henceforth all new cars will have to get 54.5 miles per gallon. Even if no one knows how to build a car like that yet.
The Obama administration has finalized regulations that will force automakers to nearly double the average gas mileage of all new cars and trucks they sell by 2025.
The rules mean that all new vehicles would have to get an average of 54.5 miles per gallon in 13 years, up from 28.6 mpg at the end of last year. The requirements will be phased in gradually between now and then, and automakers could be fined if they don’t comply.
The regulations, announced Tuesday, will change the cars and trucks sold in U.S. showrooms, with the goal of slashing greenhouse gas emissions and fuel consumption. Automakers will need to improve gasoline-powered engines, and sell more alternative fuel vehicles.
Line up to buy your new Government Motors Volt Jr! Sure it looks a lot like a golf cart, costs more than your first house, and only goes about 30 miles on a charge, but you can always recharge it overnight and why would you need to drive more than 30 miles anyway?