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A $62 billion taxpayer-funded bailout for GM and Chrysler added to the White House’s leverage.

Some environmentalists lauded the agreement Friday, but said that manufacturers owed taxpayers a bigger deal after bailing them out.

“An auto industry that owes its survival to taxpayer bailouts ungratefully flouted the public’s demand for fuel efficiency and less pollution, fighting for loopholes until the bitter end,” said Dan Becker, director of the Safe Climate Campaign. “We will use every opportunity, including the midterm review that the automakers demanded, to strengthen the standards.”

For consumers, the new requirements are well beyond the gas mileage of all but the most efficient cars on the road today.

By the time the new standards take effect, the government expects gas-electric hybrids to make up about half the lineup of new vehicles, with electric vehicles making up about 10 percent of the fleet.

Currently hybrid and electric vehicles combined amount to less than 3 percent of U.S. vehicle sales, according to J.D. Power and Associates.

The standards also could force auto companies to get rid of some less-efficient models as they try to boost the gas mileage of their lineups. But that depends on how quickly new technology can be developed. Pickup trucks, which rank as some of the biggest sellers for American automobile companies, get a slight reprieve under the agreement. They will only have to increase fuel economy in the first five years by 3.5 percent. After that time, they will have to match the 5 percent annual increase for cars.

“The program will deliver the biggest bang for the buck in the types of vehicles — cars — that consumers are most likely to purchase,” said Mark Cooper, the research director for the Consumer Federation of America. “At the same time, the program provides incentives to meet the more difficult challenges in transforming the vehicle fleet — getting hybrid engines into pickup trucks and promoting electric vehicles.”

Automakers are far better prepared with a much stronger line up of small cars, as well as hybrid and electric vehicles. General Motors and Nissan are selling mass-market electric vehicles, while Mitsubishi, Ford, Toyota and others are about to enter the market.

Nissan’s vice president Scott Becker in a statement said the Obama administration has issued some extremely challenging greenhouse gas reduction and fuel economy improvement targets, but Nissan was “up to the task.”

Nissan introduced the LEAF — the world’s first and only 100-percent electric car for the mass market — in December 2010. More than 4,000 of the 99 miles-per-gallon vehicles are already on the road.

GM and Ford already have small gasoline-fueled cars that get 40 mpg or better on the highway, and Chrysler will have one next year. Small car sales are up 21 percent so far this year, showing consumer interest is up.

That is perhaps the deal’s best selling point.

“It is hard to call higher fuel economy standards job killing when all of the automotive companies support it, and the United Auto Workers support it,” said Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass.

Ron Bloom, the White House’s chief negotiator on the deal, said Friday it was “an example of industry starting to lead the parade.”

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