Automakers Outperform EPA Emissions Standards Again

Automakers outperformed the EPA and NHTSA’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for the fourth year in a row, while average MPG reaches record high.

According to two reports released yesterday by the EPA, passenger vehicles achieved record-high fuel economy while outperforming GHG standards in model year 2015.

Automakers went beyond the model year 2015 standards by an average of 7 grams of CO2 per mile, equivalent to 0.9 miles per gallon, the 2015 GHG Manufacturer Performance Report found. This is significant because the fleet-wide GHG standard became more stringent by 13 grams of CO2 per mile. Nine out of twelve manufacturers with sales greater than 150,000 vehicles reported meeting or beating their standard. Subaru and Nissan led the way by outperforming the GHG standards by 23 grams per mile. Three manufacturers, FCA, Mercedes and Kia missed their unique 2015 standards by 3, 11, and 12 grams per mile, respectively.

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According to the 2016 CO2 and Fuel Economy Trends Report, 2015 model year vehicles’ fuel economy increased by 0.5 mpg, landing a at a record 24.8 mpg, with improvements across all vehicle types. Improved models included passenger cars, SUVs, vans and light duty pickups.

“Car buyers can go to the showroom knowing that no matter what kind of vehicle they buy, it will be better for the climate – and their wallets – than ever before,” said director of EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, Christopher Grundler. “This report highlights that the industry is providing vehicles that customers want, while reaching new levels of environmental performance.”

In the past six years, the automotive industry has seen repeated increases in sales, hitting a new record last year. Automakers continue to make their vehicles more fuel efficient, and consumers seem to be responding positively.