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Average Fuel Economy for New Vehicles in U.S. Rises to 25.2 mpg in March

Average Fuel Economy for New Vehicles in U.S. Rises to 25.2 mpg in March

According to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, the average fuel economy of new vehicles based on their window sticker values hit 25.2 mpg in March, an increase of 0.1 mpg over February.

Overall, fuel economy ratings remained down 0.3 mpg from a peak of 25.5 mpg in August 2014 and up 5.1 mpg from a low of 20.1 mpg recorded when monitoring began in October 2007.

The University of Michigan Eco-Driving Index (EDI) was 0.84 in January, up 0.01 from December. The index estimates the average amount of greenhouse gas emissions generated by U.S. drivers on a monthly basis.

Taking into account a combination of fuel economy and driving distance, the EDI value indicates that on average, new-vehicle drivers produced 16% lower emissions in December compared to October 2007, but 6% more than a record low last reached in November 2013.





 

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  1. Tone
    I was curious to see how that maps onto CAFE requirements, which are based on a much more optimistic raw EPA number. According to this article:

    "That's why the CAFE standards and NHTSA goals—what O'Dell calls regulatory measuring numbers—are higher while the window stickers—which are closer to the actual mileage drivers could expect in more real-world driving conditions—are much lower at around 36 miles per gallon for the nation's passenger fleet."

    While not exactly comparable, that means that the current standard is really more like a 10 mpg (overall) jump over the current fleet, which isn't what you'd think when you hear 54.5 mpg.
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