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Average 2013 Fuel Economy Rating

Fuel Economy of Vehicles Sold in 2013 Hits Record

Average 2013 Fuel Economy RatingThe average fuel economy (window-sticker value) of new vehicles sold in the US in December was 24.8 mpg, down 0.2 mpg from the revised value in November, according to the latest monthly figures from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI).

The December figure was up 4.7 mpg from the value in October 2007, the first month of UMTRI monitoring.

Additionally, the average fuel economy of all vehicles sold in 2013 was a record 24.8 mpg, up 1.0 mpg from 2012 and up 3.9 mpg from 2008, UMTRI says.

The University of Michigan Eco-Driving Index (EDI) — an index that estimates the average monthly greenhouse gas emissions generated by an individual US driver — stood at .80 in October. This value indicates an improvement of 20 percent since October 2007. The EDI takes into account both vehicle fuel economy and distance driven, with the latter relying on data that are published with a two-month lag.

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3 thoughts on “Fuel Economy of Vehicles Sold in 2013 Hits Record

  1. More incremental progress – that’s great! Combined with the slow reductions in CO2 emissions from the power industry, it’s clear the U.S. is finally beginning to take tentative steps in the right direction. We need to go much farther and faster along this new path, and the influences of the rest of the world are still critical to consider; but we also should take a moment to recognize real progress that is being achieved along the way.
    Thanks go to the Obama administration for implementing new passenger and light duty truck emissions standards. Implementation that was achieved via negotiations – and eventual agreement – with industry, rather than by the flat imposition of new laws over industry objections.

  2. I should add, thanks again to the Obama administration for their investments into advanced vehicle technologies that will continue to aid the automotive industry to achieve ever-better fuel efficiencies. That much-maligned DOE loan program has resulted, and will continue to result, in advances of many technologies that open up further improvements in energy efficiencies of all kinds, improvements in clean energy generation, and improvements to the U.S. economy as those advances are utilized by U.S. industries.

  3. This is really a valuable and revealing article on fuel economy of vehicles and U.S. economic growth is accelerating continuously. I think hydrogen is a fuel of the future.

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