- Category: Green Transportation
18 Mar 2013
- Published on Monday, 18 March 2013 09:46
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A new report from the Environmental Protection Agency finds that vehicles across the United States made major improvements in efficiency, bringing down oil consumption and reducing carbon emissions.
According to the report, between 2007 and 2012, fuel economy values grew by 16 percent while carbon emissions fell by 13 percent. Similarly, a significant one year increase of 1.4 miles per gallon for cars and trucks has been recorded in 2012 alone.
“Today’s report shows that we are making strides toward saving families money at the pump, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and cleaning up the air we breathe,” said Gina McCarthy, Assistant Administrator for E.P.A.’s Office of Air and Radiation.
Fuel economy refers to the fuel efficiency relationship between the distance traveled and the amount of fuel consumed by the vehicle.
The anticipated 1.4 mpg growth last year is based on sales projections provided by automakers to E.P.A. The estimates revealed a carbon emissions reduction to 374 grams per mile and an increase in average fuel economy to 23.8 mpg, which both represent the largest yearly annual improvements since E.P.A. started tracking fuel economy.
The E.P.A. expects fuel economy to continue making significant improvements under the National Clean Car Program standards, which aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and double fuel economy standards by 2025.
Using the standards, $1.7 trillion dollars in fuel costs will be saved as well as 12 billion barrels of oil.
Over the next 12 years, the program will help deliver an average fuel savings of over $8,000 per vehicle and cut oil consumption by more than 2 million barrels, equivalent to half of the oil imported per day from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.
The “Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Fuel Economy Trends: 1975 through 2012” report underscored that improvements in fuel economy are due to the rapid adoption of more efficient technologies, the rising number of high fuel economy choices for consumers, and the fact that many automakers are already selling vehicles that can comply with stricter fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards. – EcoSeed Staff