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Benefits of Vehicle Fuel Economy & GHG Standards


We've Come a Long Way

  • In 1975, the average new vehicle was getting about 13 mpg
  • By 1987, that number increased to 22 mpg
  • From 1988 to 2004, we stalled.  The average mpg fell back to 19 mpg
  • Since 2005, average fuel economy has increased, reaching about 24 mpg in 2013

Where We're Headed

  • In 2010 and 2012, the federal government set new fuel economy and GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions rules for cars, trucks, and SUVs.
  • These require fuel economy to improve each and every year, so that the average new vehicle reaches about 40 mpg by 2025
  • You'll see higher fuel economy in all vehicle types and sizes.  You'll have the same vehicles choices you have today, but with better fuel economy!

Why This is a Great Deal
for Car Buyers

Average new vehicle fuel economy is already improving!  Automakers will offer increasingly higher fuel economy vehicles every year through 2025.  While you'll pay more for new, more fuel efficient technologies, your fuel savings (due to higher fuel economy) will be much greater because you'll use less gasoline.  Let's look at two examples:


Calculations are based on a future gasoline price projection of about $3.00 per gallon in 2016, slowly increasing to about $4.50 per gallon in 2050.

Bonus benefits:

  • You'll save even more if gasoline prices rise even further—higher fuel economy is the best insurance against higher fuel prices.
  • As we use less gas, we also decrease our nation's dependency on foreign oil.

More information at Buy Green, Save Green page.

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