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New fuel economy standards will push 2025 US average above today's Prius mpg

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Today the Obama administration announced new fuel economy standards that will require an average 54.5 miles per gallon for U.S. cars and light trucks made by 2025.

I'll be reporting on this today.  Meanwhile, please let me know what you think about this. Don't forget your full name and daytime contact info.  Tell me what you drive now, and what fuel economy you get.

Is this a good idea?  Can our manufacturers produce cars that will meet this standard without sacrificing the comfort, safety and other qualities we want?

Read details on the new fuel economy standards:

* White House announcement
* Factsheet PDFs from EPA and NHTSA
* State-by-state projections for fuel savings and job creation, from the Natural Resources Defense Council

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Bruce Siceloff reports on traffic and transportation. A News & Observer reporter, editor and blogger since 1976, he took over the Road Worrier column in 2003. Lately he drives I-40 with the cruise control set at 68 mph. You can e-mail Bruce, call him at 919-829-4527, check out his Crosstown Traffic blog or follow him (@Road_Worrier) on Twitter.