Automakers to Meet Fuel-Efficiency Standards With Increased Electric Cars

Automakers tasked with meeting new federal fuel-efficiency standards of 54.5 miles a gallon by 2025 plan to trim fuel consumption by reducing automobile weights as well focusing on electric vehicles.

General Motors Co.'s Chief Executive Dan Akerson said last week at an energy conference the automaker would trim 10 percent in fuel consumption by cutting the average weight of its vehicles by 15 percent. The automaker also is developing an all-electric vehicle that can go up to 200 miles between charges.

Akerson said about 500,000 GM cars and trucks with some form of electrification will be on U.S. roads by 2017.



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