Corporate Average Fuel Economy CAFE Standard

Corporate Average Fuel Economy CAFE Standard

Governing Organization

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

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Auditing / Certification Body

US Environmental Protection Agency

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Assessment Type

Third party assessed by verified bodies


Government Affiliated

Sectors Covered

Industrial Products

Issues Covered

Energy Efficiency, Environmental Management


First enacted by Congress in 1975, the purpose of CAFE is to reduce energy consumption by increasing the fuel economy of cars and light trucks. NHTSA has recently set standards to increase CAFE levels rapidly over the next several years, which will improve our nation’s energy security and save consumers money at the pump. This site contains an immense amount of information about the CAFE program including a CAFE overview, rulemaking actions, fleet characteristics data, compliance activities, summaries of manufacturers’ fuel economy performances since 1978, and related studies.

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