The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that 2012 showed a significant one year increase of 1.4 mpg in fuel economy across vehicles in America, increasing the average fuel economy to its highest yet – 23.8 mpg.
EPA estimates that between 2007 and 2012, fuel economy values has increased 16 percent while carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions have decreased by 13 percent. Fuel economy is expected to continue improving over the next few years, thanks to the Obama administration’s National Clean Car Program.
Compared to just five years ago, there are twice as many hybrid and diesel vehicles on the market today, along with a growing number of plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles. There has also been a six-fold increase in the number of vehicles that offer a 30 mpg or higher combined rating.
“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 EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. “The historic steps taken by the Obama administration to improve fuel economy and reduce our dependence on foreign oil are accelerating this progress, will spur economic growth and will create high-quality domestic jobs in cutting edge industries across America.”