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Infographic: Will Future Cars Measure Up?

This infographic from the National Research Council features data from their report, Cost, Effectiveness and Deployment of Fuel Economy Technologies for Light-Duty Vehicles.

Over the next several decades, increasingly stringent Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and greenhouse gas emission standards will come into force, as set out by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In response, the light-duty vehicle fleet can be expected to undergo substantial technological changes as automakers incorporate new powertrain designs, alternative fuels, and advanced materials. The report finds that by the end of the next decade, new light-duty vehicles will be lighter, safer, more fuel efficient, and more expensive to purchase, while also emitting less air pollution.

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