New EPA Report Cites Significant Gains in Fuel Economy for 2012

Driving CostsAccording to the “Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Fuel Economy Trends: 1975 through 2012” report released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), between 2007 and 2012, fuel economy values increased by 16% while carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions have decreased by 13%, and in 2012 alone, miles per gallon (mpg) for cars and trucks improved 1.4 mpg.

These are just some of the findings of the EPA’s annual report that tracks the fuel economy of vehicles sold in the United States, underscoring the major increases made in the efficiency of the vehicles Americans drive, reducing oil consumption and cutting carbon emissions.

The expected 1.4 mpg improvement in 2012 is based on sales estimates provided to EPA by automakers. EPA’s projections show a reduction in CO2 emissions to 374 grams per mile and an increase in average fuel economy to 23.8 mpg. These numbers represent the largest annual improvements since EPA began reporting on fuel economy.

The EPA’s annual report attributes the improvements to the rapid adoption of more efficient technologies, the increasing number of high fuel economy choices for consumers, and the fact that many automakers are already selling vehicles that can meet more stringent future fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards. The report indicates that the projected gains for 2012 more than make up for a slight dip in fuel economy in 2011, according to the EPA.

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