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H.R. 4011: Fuel Economy Harmonization Act

The text of the bill below is as of Oct 11, 2017 (Introduced).



1st Session

H. R. 4011


October 11, 2017

(for himself and Mrs. Dingell) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


To amend chapter 329 of title 49, United States Code, relating to average fuel economy standards for automobiles.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Fuel Economy Harmonization Act.


Credits for exceeding average fuel economy standards

Section 32903 of title 49, United States Code, is amended—


in subsection (a)—


by redesignating paragraphs (1) and (2) as subparagraphs (A) and (B), respectively, and moving their margins 2 ems to the right;


in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), as redesignated, by striking When and inserting the following:


In general




in paragraph (1)(B), as redesignated, by striking paragraph (1) and inserting subparagraph (A),; and


by adding at the end the following:


Model years 2016 through 2021

Notwithstanding paragraph (1)(B), beginning with model year 2016 and ending with model year 2021, a manufacturer may apply any credits earned after model year 2009 pursuant to paragraph (1), which have not been applied pursuant to paragraph (1)(A), to any model year beginning after the model year for which the credits are earned.



in subsection (b)(2)(B), by striking subsection (a)(1) of this section and inserting subsection (a)(1)(A); and


in subsection (g)—


in paragraph (3)—


in subparagraph (A), by striking 2011 and inserting 2010;


in subparagraph (B), by striking 2017, 1.5 miles per gallon; and and inserting 2016, 1.5 miles per gallon;; and


by striking subparagraph (C) and inserting the following:


for model years 2017 and 2018, 2.0 miles per gallon;


for model years 2019 through 2021, 4.0 miles per gallon; and


for model year 2022 and subsequent model years, 6.0 miles per gallon.

; and


in paragraph (5), by striking 2010 and inserting 2009.


Calculation of average fuel economy

Section 32904(a) of title 49, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:


For model years 2012 through 2025, if requested by a manufacturer, the average fuel economy calculated by the Administrator for the manufacturer’s passenger and nonpassenger automobiles shall include off-cycle technology fuel economy credits equivalent to the credits calculated by the Administrator for the off-cycle technology under the Administrator’s vehicle emissions standards for the same or closest model year, provided that the technology has a direct impact upon improving fuel economy performance.



Rule of construction

Nothing in this Act or the amendments made by this Act may be construed to direct or grant new authority to the Secretary of Transportation to modify a maximum feasible average fuel economy standard established under section 32902 of title 49, United States Code. The Secretary’s authority to establish and amend a maximum feasible average fuel economy standard as provided in such section is unaffected by this Act and the amendments made by this Act.