A proposed U.S. rule which would
require automakers to double their vehicles average fuel economy to 54.5 mpg by
2025 may cost consumers $157 billion in additional vehicle costs but could cost
the boating industry much more by killing the ability for Americans to pull
The proposed rule requires annual
fuel economy increases of 5 percent for cars.
Light trucks, including pickups and SUVs, must meet a 3.5-percent
increase in average mpg for the first five years before rising to 5 percent.
"MRAA has long opposed increases to
auto industry CAFÉ standards and will vigorously oppose this latest
attempt," says Matt Gruhn, MRAA President. "Besides being concerned what
the new CAFÉ standards would do to recreational boating, we believe the rule
was rushed and may jeopardize safety by reducing the weight and size of vehicles
on the road."
To reach a federal mandated doubling
of the CAFÉ standard, automakers will work to downsize weight, horsepower, and
torque of vehicle, potentially greatly inhibiting ability to tow recreational boats. There is expected to be increased emphasis on promoting
all-electric vehicles and hybrids.