Sierra Club applauds Ford's historic commitment to higher fuel economy

Automaker agrees to make SUVs go 25 percent further on a gallon of gas over five years.

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he Sierra Club applauds the historic commitment to higher fuel economy made by the Ford Motor Company. Ford has pledged to increase the fuel economy of its Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) fleet by 25 percent over the next five years.

"The Sierra Club applauds the Ford Motor Company for its historic commitment to higher fuel economy," said Daniel Becker, Director of the Sierra Club's Global Warming and Energy Program. "Ford is putting its mileage where its mouth is. Now, this bold announcement has laid out a challenge for the rest of the auto industry to meet."

Under the announcement, Ford will increase fuel economy on its SUVs, which make up approximately 1/5th of its fleet, by a rate of five percent a year. This is close to the six percent annual increase in fuel economy the Sierra Club has advocated for the last decade.

Each gallon of gas pumps 28 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) pollution into the atmosphere. America's cars and light trucks are responsible for more CO2 pollution than all but four countries (United States, China, Russia, Japan).

"Making cars and light trucks go further on a gallon of gas is the single biggest step toward curbing global warming," said Beck-er. "The Sierra Club looks forward to working together with Ford for a cleaner environment for our families and our future."

Ford's announcement comes at an opportune time, as the Department of Transportation and National Academy of Sciences prepare for a Congressionally mandated study for higher Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards.

It is important that Ford has committed to improving fuel economy through superior technology. Ford has said they will achieve this goal without relying on loopholes in the law and the Sierra Club hopes they will not use diesel engines, which increase smog and carcinogenic particulates in the air.

"This disproves the tired canard that Detroit can't improve fuel economy," said Becker. "Ford's commitment to cleaner vehicles is good for the environment and good for business. We challenge General Motors and DaimlerChrysler to join the race for clean vehicles."