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Canada follows U.S., ups fuel economy standards

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The Harper administration wants to be on the same page as the U.S. when it comes to vehicle fuel consumption, which is why it yesterday proposed new regulations for passenger cars and light trucks from model years 2017 to 2025.

As reported earlier this month, the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards in Uncle Sam's land will increase to 54.5 mpg (4.4L/100km) by the 2025 model year.

"These new regulations improve fuel efficiency so that by 2025 new cars will consume 50% less fuel and emit 50% less GHGs than a similar 2008 model, leading to significant savings at the pump," said Environment Minister Peter Kent. "At today's gas prices, a Canadian driving a model year 2025 vehicle would pay, on average, around $900 less per year compared to driving today's new vehicles."

Meanwhile, the Canadian government has included greater regulatory incentives for advanced technology vehicles such as EVs and plug-in hybrids for model years 2011 to 2016.