Hoeven: Administration Proposes Revised CAFE Standards for 2021-2026

Senator Urged DOT Officials to Ensure Feasibility, Reduce Impact on Consumers

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement after the administration announced a proposed rule to revise the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for passenger cars and light trucks in model years 2021-2026. Earlier this year, Hoeven joined Congressman Kevin Cramer in urging Heidi King, the Deputy Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), to examine the technological feasibility of the existing standards and their potential impact on consumers.

“We welcome the administration’s decision to review these standards, which impose costly mandates that would limit consumer choice,” said Hoeven. “Reviewing and revising these standards will help achieve the dual goals of better environmental stewardship and ensuring lower-income households are able to still afford new, safer and more efficient vehicles.”  

The administration will accept public comment for 60 days on this week’s proposal, the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule, which includes a range of regulatory options as well as the administration’s preferred alternative of maintaining the model year 2020 standards through 2026. This would help businesses bring more affordable vehicles options to market, ensuring consumers are better able to buy newer vehicles, which will help achieve the goals of improving road safety while also reducing emissions.