The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been given the responsibility for implementing the average fuel economy standards for passenger automobiles mandated by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (P.L. 94-163). The standards, in miles per gallon, for 1978, 1979 and 1980 are stipulated in the legislation. Fuel economy standards for 1981 and 1984 are to be established by rulemaking. The standard for 1985 is set at 27.5 mpg; however, the Secretary may set the standard for 1985 as low as 26 mpg without further action by Congress. The form of regulation, i.e., the imposition of standards on the basis of each manufacturer's total production for a given model year, as well as the criteria to be applied by NHTSA in setting the 1981 through 1985 standards, require that very careful attention be given to understanding both the probable responses of each manufacturer and the economic and other consequences of such responses. The AFER (Average Fuel Economy Regulatory) Program at TSC is intended to assist NHTSA in the analysis of options for setting average fuel economy standards and applying the criteria of Title V of the Motor Vehicle Information and Cost Savings Act (Title III of EPCA) for an evaluation of these options. /Author/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Robert Whorf and Associates

    8215 Cedar Road
    Elkins Park, PA  United States  19117
  • Authors:
    • Whorf, R P
  • Publication Date: 1979-1

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 67 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00189819
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-803-720 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: TS-13750
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 26 1979 12:00AM