EPA: Fuel Efficiency Increased, Emissions Lowered in 2009

Jan 18, 2011

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency’s 2010 fuel economy trends report, the average carbon dioxide emissions for new cars and light duty trucks decreased by six percent from 2008 while also logging a 7 percent increase in overall fuel efficiency.

In 2009, the average CO2 emissions from new vehicles were 397 grams per mile and the average fuel economy value was 22.4 miles per gallon (mpg). That is a decrease of 27 grams per mile, or 6 percent, from 2008 and the largest yearly CO2 decrease since 1981, according to the report.

Average CO2 emissions have decreased by 64 grams per mile, or 14 percent, and average fuel economy has increased by 3.1 mpg, or 16 percent, since 2004. The positive six-year trend beginning in 2005 reverses a long period of increasing CO2 emissions and decreasing fuel economy from 1987 through 2004.

The EPA says that its findings are consistent with the estimates that the agency provides for window stickers in new vehicles.  The EPA’s new 2011 Fuel Economy Guide provides data on estimated fuel efficiency for now models to help buyers select the right vehicle for them.

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[via Environmental Leader]

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