The Obama administration is launching a new crackdown on the fuel used in modern-day automobiles, banning the importation of vehicles with a combined fuel economy of less than 30 miles per gallon.
The move is designed to encourage consumers to switch to alternative fuels, while simultaneously punishing those who fuel their vehicles with less than that.
The Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that gasoline and biodiesel fuel will be taxed at the same rate as diesel, and gasoline cars will be required to have a minimum fuel economy rating of 30 miles.
The tax, to be phased in starting Jan. 1, is expected to raise $5.6 billion a year.
The EPA said the money would be used to fund fuel efficiency and pollution programs.
At the same time, the agency is requiring that cars with combined fuel efficiency ratings of 50 to 65 miles per hour or more have to be equipped with a new safety feature known as a fuel injection system, known as FIS.
The EPA said automakers will have to install one of three types of FIS systems by the end of 2020, including a fuel-injection system that reduces engine emissions.
The new rule will also make it easier for automakers to sell electric cars and small electric vehicles.
FIS, which has been in use for years, has proven effective at reducing pollution.
It is also more affordable than a traditional diesel engine and it doesn’t require a big battery to power it.
The Obama administration said the new regulations will save $7.7 billion a day over 10 years.
The tax, which applies to all new cars and trucks, will apply to all vehicles made since 2000.
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EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said in a statement that the tax is intended to help address the climate crisis, but she did not provide details.
The agency said it would also require automakers to use new technology to reduce their emissions.
“As a first step, this rule will require automakers in 2021 to install a new, less polluting fuel-efficient vehicle,” the agency said in its announcement.
“At the end