IMPROVING AUTOMOBILE FUEL ECONOMY: NEW STANDARDS, NEW APPROACHES. SUMMARY

This report responds to a request by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources to examine the fuel economy potential of the U.S. fleet and to assist Congress in establishing new fuel economy standards. It addresses the following issues: What levels of fuel economy are technically and economically feasible, by what dates? What form of standard will deliver high levels of fleet fuel economy with the least market distortion? What types of safety impacts might be expected if high fuel economy levels are demanded, and what measures would minimize any adverse impacts? This summary is included in the full report as Chapter 1. Section headings are as follows: Background; Trends in Fuel Economy and Use; How Can Automobile Fuel Economy Be Improved?; What Is the Fuel Economy Potential of the U.S. New Car Fleet?; Which Type of Standard Is Best?; What Is the Best Schedule for New Standards?; New Fuel Economy Standards and Safety; Fuel Savings from S.279; and Regulation of Light-Truck Fuel Economy.

  • Corporate Authors:

    United States Congress

    Office of Technology Assessment
    Washington, DC  United States  20510
  • Publication Date: 1991-10

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 21 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00616527
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: OTA-E-508
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 30 1991 12:00AM