The Success of CAFE Standards

Date Published: 
Thu, 06/19/2003

Robert Bamberger. Congressional Research Service. June 19, 2003.

Automobile and Light Truck Fuel Economy: The Café Standards”, includes a section entitled “Past Role of CAFE Standards”, which includes some relevant data on the policy.

“Since 1974, domestic new car fuel economy has roughly doubled: the fuel economy of imports has increased by roughly one-third….The fact that overall passenger car fleet fuel economy remained comparatively flat during a period of declining real prices for gasoline also suggested that the CAFE regulations have contributed to placing some sort of floor under new-car fuel economy.”