More Fuel Efficient Cars Not Enough to Offset Growing Fuel Use: Report

Sami Haj-Assaad
by Sami Haj-Assaad

Despite government mandated fuel economy improvements, overall fuel consumption is on the rise across America according to a new report.

With Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards being first introduced in 1975, forcing automakers to build more fuel efficient vehicles, that effort has not been significant enough to reduce overall fuel use says a new report by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. In fact, the report indicates we’re using 53 percent more fuel than we were in 1970.

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To blame are factors as varied as longer commutes, fewer passengers per vehicle and the obvious rise in population. Together these factors more than negate the improved efficiency of modern cars and trucks.

A solution proposed in the report would be to put a tax on distances traveled, rather than on fuel use.

Regardless, the Obama Administration is pushing ahead with strict new CAFE standards that would see the average fuel economy of a new car rise to 54.5 mpg by 2025 under the CAFE standard, or closer 40 mpg using the real world EPA measurement standard.

Sami Haj-Assaad
Sami Haj-Assaad

Sami has an unquenchable thirst for car knowledge and has been at AutoGuide for the past six years. He has a degree in journalism and media studies from the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto and has won multiple journalism awards from the Automotive Journalist Association of Canada. Sami is also on the jury for the World Car Awards.

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