U-M Researchers: Fuel economy of new vehicles at all-time high
New vehicles sold in the United States in January had an average fuel economy of 24.5 miles per gallon, up a full mile per gallon from January 2012.
According to a report from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, the new mark beats the previous record of 24.4 set in October 2012.
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Higher fuel economy has been a focus of automakers in cars, trucks, and SUVs as consumers become more sensitive to both environmental concerns and high gas prices.
Sivak and fellow UMTRI researcher Brandon Schoettle began monitoring the fuel economy of new vehicles in October of 2007 when they were averaging just 20.1 mpg.
The researchers also compiled an Eco-Driving Index, which estimates the average monthly emissions generated by drivers in the U.S based on miles driven and average car fuel economy. The “EDI” experienced its lowest month ever in September 2012 and ticked up slightly in October and November.
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