The Obama Administration may have set new fuel economy standards of 54.5 mpg for cars and light-duty trucks by 2025, but the United States isn’t alone in putting stricter numbers in place. China has now implemented its own standards, making it a rule that cars must achieve 100 kilometers on 5 liters of fuel by 2020. That’s about 62 miles per every 1.32 gallons of gas.
According to Reuters, the new regulations could make life difficult for some Chinese automakers in the world’s largest auto market. Cars must meet 6.9 liters per 100 kilometers by 2015 before reaching the 5 liter standard by 2020. Numbers were previously set at 8.2 liters per 100 kilometers in 2008 and 7.8 in 2009. If they can achieve these numbers by 2020, I think the U.S. should be able to at least do the same.
“That’s going to be tough for everyone, especially those small players as they will have to use more fuel-efficient engines and invest in hybrid technologies,” said Yale Zhang, head of Shanghai-based industry consultancy Automotive Foresight.
With China being the world’s most polluted country, these fuel economy standards couldn’t have come at a better time. The next step will be to reduce emissions as they work to clean up their deadly air pollution.
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