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Feds pushing automakers to boost fuel economy


Officials say the Obama administration is close to a deal with automakers to boost fuel economy.

After negotiations, those involved have agreed to a proposal that lowers the fuel economy goal to 54.5 miles per gallon by the year 2025.  Last month, the Obama administration had floated a 56.2 mile-per-gallon target.

In a letter to the president last week, Michigan lawmakers called the higher proposal "overly aggressive."  Automakers have said they'd work to get vehicles averaging 42.6 to 46.7 miles per gallon.

An administration official not authorized to speak about the negotiations said feedback from many manufacturers is positive and discussions are wrapping up.

In 2009, automakers agreed to raise fuel economy standards to 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016.

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