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UMTRI: US new vehicle fuel economy in April drops

The average fuel economy (window-sticker value) of new vehicles sold in the US in April 2016 was 25.2 mpg (9.33 l/100 km)—down 0.1 mpg from the value for March 2016, according to the latest monthly report from Dr. Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle at University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI). This decline likely reflects the increased market share of pickup trucks and SUVs, they suggested.

Fuel economy is down 0.6 mpg from the peak reached in August 2014, but still up 5.1 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—was 0.81 in February 2016, down 0.03 from the value for January 2016 (the lower the value the better). This value indicates that the average new-vehicle driver produced 19% lower emissions in February 2016 than in October 2007, but 3% higher emissions than the record low reached in both August 2014 and August 2015.


The EDI takes into account both vehicle fuel economy and distance driven (the latter relying on data that are published with a two-month lag).



Gasoline is too cheap in the USA.
Add 20-50 cents/gallon federal tax.
That'll get them back on track, and you could fix a few roads and bridges with the money.


The fed doesnt need any more money, let the states/ local governments take what they need before allocating then redistributing wealth for favors.


A very well known gentleman will fix Interstates roads and bridges starting in early 2017.

Where will he get the $$$$B required is a good question.
An extra 3 to 5 cents/month/gallon Fed Tax on liquid fuels for the next 48+ months or so would about do it?

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