There is no minimum for an individual car—but they do have CAFE standards, which stands for Corporate Average Fuel Economy… This is weighted for numbers of cars sold, and they take an average of all the cars the company sells: “As of early 2004, the average for cars must exceed 27.5 mpg, and the light truck average must exceed 20.7 mpg.” By 2009 it is supposed to be 29.5 mpg for cars and 23.1 for light trucks. The company must pay a penalty of $5.50 for every .1 mpg under the standard for every car they sell (which really doesn’t amount to much—make that figure 50 bucks and then you’ll see some change–there’ll be viper’s with hybrid engines in them in no time!)
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