Under a compromise agreement struck by leaders of the US House of Representatives, the energy bill that is heading to the floor for a vote next week will include language that raises the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards to 35 mpg by 2020, but maintains a distinction between passenger cars and light-duty trucks.
The agreement, said Rep. John D. Dingell (D-MI), Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, in a statement released Friday, will also expand incentives for production of vehicles that run on biofuels.
Earlier this year, the Senate passed a bill with CAFE provisions calling for 35 mpg by 2020, and the elimination of the distinction between cars and trucks. The House subsequently struggled between a version of the Senate bill (Markey), and a counterproposal (Hill-Terry) that maintained separate standards for cars and light trucks, and established a minimum of 32 mpg and a maximum of 35 mpg combined standard for 2022. (Earlier post.)