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Automakers Brainstorm to Meet 54.5 MPG Standard

With new fuel economy standards set for 2025, automakers are working to figure out how to meet the upcoming 54.5 mpg requirement. This week, they’re hashing out ideas at the Center for Automotive Research’s annual Management Briefing Seminars.

“The use of turbo-chargers should jump to more than 80 percent in 2020 from around 5 percent in 2009,” writes The Detroit News, who also reports that automakers are working on fuel-saving techniques that include lightweight materials, as well as turbocharged, diesel and direct fuel injection engines.

Additionally, consumers may start to see an increasing amount of hybrid technology in the marketplace. “It almost certainly will result in increased use of battery-based technologies,” says MSNBC. “Few expect the electric vehicle to take over anytime soon — not without major battery breakthroughs. But expect to see more and more gas- or diesel-electric models in various flavors; mild, full and plug-in.”

While meeting the new CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standard is a daunting task for automakers, that doesn’t mean it’s unattainable. Left Lane News reports that Chrysler and FIAT CEO Sergio Marchionne told WJR-AM that meeting the 54.5 mpg standard by 2025 is “very doable”.

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