PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – An environmental group says Pennsylvanians stand to save big bucks, an average of $200 per year per person, in the coming years under proposed fuel standards for cars. With the forecast for savings comes controversy.

The new fuel standards require automakers to have “fleet average” of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.

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A number endorsed by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

And while you might think that means driving a tiny car, Union of Concerned Scientists researcher Brendan Bell says the technology exists on cars already on the road.

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“What we’re talking about is improvements to conventional engines, smarter transmissions, some hybridization and very small penetration of advanced vehicles.”

Meaning purely electric or fuel cell technology. The National Automotive Dealers Association opposes the increased standards – saying they go too far and cost too much.

Reported by Robin Culverwell, KYW Newsradio

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