Fuel Economy Continues to Rise: EPA Report

nrdc-logoby Luke Tonachel
Natural Resources Defense Council
March 15, 2013

New cars and trucks are poised to set new records in fuel efficiency according to the latest Fuel Economy Trends report from the EPA. When all the data is crunched, EPA expects the model year 2012 average to reach 23.8 mpg, a record-high level since the agency started data tracking 1975. Importantly, carbon pollution has also been reduced from new autos, dropping 13 percent from 2007 to 2012.

More good news is the fact that the improvements will continue into the future. As automakers innovate to meet stronger clean car and fuel economy standards that roughly double fuel efficiency by 2025, we can expect more choices for consumers in the showroom and less pain at the pump.

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