There is a positive vehicle trend emerging in the US as average vehicle fuel efficiency ratings are at an all time high while the average vehicle emissions are at an all time low. According to a US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report, new vehicles in the 2013 model year posted the best fuel economy ratings and the lowest carbon dioxide emissions. We have seen year over year improvements in cars sold in the US in eight of the last nine years.
Vehicles for the 2013 model year had an average rating of 24.1 miles per gallon. which is an increase of 5 MPG since 2004.
To make this fuel efficiency data even better, cars from the 2013 model year posted a lowest ever emissions load of 369 grams per year.
These are the findings in the EPA’s annual Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Fuel Economy Trends: 1975 through 2014 report.
These results suggest that the new standards instituted by President Obama, the EPA and the Department of Transportation are working. Under the new standards fuel economy is expected to double by 2025 and greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles will be cut in half.
The report also singles out two Japanese companies for their industry leading accomplishments in the US. According to the EPA, Mazda has averaged the highest fuel economy and lowest greenhouse gas emissions. Nissan achieved the greatest improvement in average fuel economy and greenhouse gas reductions.
To access the EPA report click here.