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Ram 1500 meets 2021 EPA fuel standards

by Bill Cawthon on

Today, the director of the EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality (OTAC) said that the Ram 1500 pickup already meets 2021 fuel efficiency standards.

At the Center for Automotive Research’s Management Briefing Seminars, Chris Grundler said that the newest Ram 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 are both already compliant with proposed standards, while the V6 turbo F-150 meets the 2024 standards. He noted that the 2025 standards are not set in stone.Ram-2015-LaramieLonghorn

Grundler was quoted in by Automotive News as saying, “The EPA administrator makes the final decision, and he will work for the next President.”

54.5 mpg standards have been officially proposed but the final decision won’t be made until a review in 2017 and 2018. The EPA will consider fuel prices and consumer acceptance of fuel-saving technologies.  The first report is due in June 2017, followed by public comment, with a decision on the standards to be announced in April 2018.

Migration to pickups and SUVs will cause fleet fuel economy standards to automatically adjust. Grundler said, “We are not forcing everyone into small cars.”

The EPA has found that consumers like most of the new fuel economy technologies except for stop-start systems and continuously variable transmissions. The EPA also expects that the internal combustion engine will still be the most common in 2025.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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