Vehicle fuel economy at highest level in a year

May 4, 2017
Contact: Bernie DeGroat

ANN ARBOR—Gas mileage of new vehicles sold in the U.S. continued to rise in April, say researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

The average fuel economy (window-sticker value) of new vehicles sold last month was 25.3 mpg—the highest mark since last May.

Overall, fuel economy is down 0.2 mpg from the peak of 25.5 mpg reached in August 2014, but still up by 5.2 mpg since October 2007—the first full month of monitoring by Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle.

In addition to average fuel economy, Sivak and Schoettle issued a monthly update of their national Eco-Driving Index, which estimates the average monthly emissions generated by an individual U.S. driver. The EDI takes into account both the fuel used per distance driven and the amount of driving—the latter relying on data that are published with a two-month lag.

During February, the EDI increased to 0.85 (the lower the value, the better)—its highest mark since December 2011. The index currently shows emissions of greenhouse gases per driver of newly purchased vehicles are down 15 percent, overall, since October 2007—but 7 percentage points higher than the record low reached in November 2013.


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