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? Chapter titles are as follows: (1) Executive Summary; (2) Introduction; (3) Where Does Improved Fuel Efficiency Come From?; (4) Market-Driven Fuel Efficiency; (5) Projecting Travel Demand; (6) Market-Driven Light-Duty Fuel Use; (7) Technological Potential for Increased Fuel Economy; (8) The Potential for Improving Fleet Fuel Economy by Changing Vehicle Buying Patterns; (9) Designing a New Fuel Economy Bill; and (10) 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: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 123 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00616528
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: OTA-E-508, HS-041 323
  • Files: HSL, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 30 1996 12:00AM