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American cars are more fuel efficient than ever, EPA reports

20 March 2013
American cars are more fuel efficient than ever, EPA reports

NEW YORK: In the last five years, the value of fuel economy in the US increased and related CO2 emissions dropped, meaning that American cars are now more fuel-efficient than ever. 

Fuel economy values for cars and light trucks in the US climbed 16% between 2007 and 2012 and carbon emissions dropped 13%, according to a report by the EPA.

The report, Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Fuel Economy Trends: 1975 through 2012, states that the figures represent the biggest yearly increase since EPA began tracking US fuel economy.

The EPA said that the increase in efficiency is down to consumers having twice as many hybrid and diesel vehicle choices, as well as improvements in plug-in and fuel efficient vehicle technology.

The results come just weeks after President Obama proposed the creation of a US$2 billion energy security trust to fund alternative fuel research. 

Evan Juska, Head of US Policy, The Climate Group: "Improvements in fuel economy are one of the real environmental accomplishments of Obama's first term. And with new fuel efficiency standards on the books and more hybrid and plug-in electric vehicles on the road, we should continue to see results throughout his second term as well."

Read the EPA report.

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