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The average fuel-economy (window-sticker) value of new vehicles sold in the US in April was 24.5 mpg, according to the most recent tracking data from Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI). This value is down 0.1 mpg from the record high reached in March, likely reflecting the recent decrease in the price of gasoline, they sugested.

Despite this small drop, the fuel economy is up 4.4 mpg since October 2007 (the first month of their monitoring).

The University of Michigan Eco-Driving Index (EDI)—an index that estimates the average monthly emissions of greenhouse gases generated by an individual U.S. driver—stood at 0.82 in February. This value indicates an improvement of 18% since October 2007. The EDI takes into account both the fuel used per distance driven and the amount of driving (the latter relying on data that are published with a two-month lag).



In the last 67 months, mpg went up by 4.4 (to 24.5 mpg) or an average of 0.79 mpg/year.

At that rate, it will be about 9.5 mpg more (to about 34 mpg) by 2025 and another 8.0 mpg (to about 42 mpg) by 2035.

This would be for new vehicles only. The mpg for the 250 M fleet will be much lower.

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