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NH group releases report on gas mileage savings

November 23, 2011
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CONCORD, N.H.—A New Hampshire environmental group says residents would save about $1 million on gasoline costs for Thanksgiving travel if the average car met the new automobile mileage standards being proposed by the Obama administration.

Environment New Hampshire released its findings this week.

The Obama administration recently unveiled a proposal to double fuel economy standards for cars and pickup trucks to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. Officials say doing so would likely cost automakers $157 billion, but would save drivers billions more at the pump.

Environment New Hampshire estimates state residents would be expected to save $15.48 per family for Thanksgiving travel if the average car met a 54.5 mph equivalent.

The group estimates 280,000 fewer gallons of oil would be consumed.

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