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CAFE Public Information Center

Additional Information

Projected Fuel Economy Performance Reports

NHTSA provides this annual manufacturer projected fuel economy performance report as a supplement to the other reporting provided through the CAFE Public Information Center (PIC). Unlike the other reports available on the CAFE PIC, which contain only EPA-verified final model year data, this report contains projected data from manufacturers’ pre- and mid-model year (PMY and MMY) reports (required by 49 CFR Part 537), which has not been verified by NHTSA or EPA. NHTSA makes manufacturers’ projected data available to the public to ensure transparency on the CAFE program. However, NHTSA only uses EPA verified final model year data to evaluate manufacturers’ compliance. The mixture of vehicles produced for sale throughout the model year can cause differences between the final and the projected model year data in the PMY and MMY reports.

CAFE Compliance Reporting and Credit Templates

On August 2, 2018, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule amending the existing Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and tailpipe carbon dioxide emissions standards for passenger cars and light trucks and establish new standards covering model years 2021 through 2026 (see As a part of the rule, NHTSA issued two new standardized templates for manufacturers to use when submitting CAFE compliance reports to the agency and for reporting CAFE credit transactions. The reporting template standardizes each manufacturer’s CAFE data required under 49 CFR 537.7(b) and (c) in order to ensure the accuracy and completeness of data collected and to better align with the final data provided to the Environmental Protection Agency. The credit template is being issued to standardize the process of submitting credit transaction requests and to facilitate quicker credit transaction approvals required under 49 CFR 536. Both templates significantly reduce the burden on all automobile manufacturers and the government. The templates can be downloaded using the links below:

MY 2011-2018 Industry CAFE Compliance

NHTSA is releasing this report to provide an update on the state of industry compliance with CAFE standards. This report quantifies the annual total of surplus credits for automotive manufacturers who exceeded CAFE standards, and credit shortfalls for automotive manufacturers who did not meet CAFE standards. The report also shows how manufacturers used credits or paid civil penalties to resolve these shortfalls. The report can be downloaded using the link below:

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