The administration came under criticism by a variety of sources recently regarding CAFE mileage standards for the model years 2017-2025; reportedly the administration is considering a final target as high as 62 MPG. The occasion for the most recent outburst was the release last week of a report by the respected Center for Automotive Research (CAR). In it CAR calculated that a target of a CAFE standard of 62 MPG for 2025 would add $9,800 to the price of the average car and cost the auto industry a quarter of a million jobs due to reduced auto sales.
I think these complaints are knee-jerk and unfair. As I previously wrote, CAFE standard have been a dud in both design and ambition for twenty years, but the new version are reasonable, (probably) effective, and economically justified. The CAR report does not change my view. A more nuanced view of the report, and the coming standards for 2017-2025, includes these perspectives: