US: average fuel economy climbs again, for the first time since August image

According to the monthly report on average fuel economy of US light vehicles, courtesy of he University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, the figure finally improved last month for the first time since August 2014.

The report, which focuses on the average window-sticker value of new cars, SUVs, vans and pickups sold during the prior month, shows the average fuel economy of light vehicles to have soared by 0.3 mpg. It was 25.4 mpg in Janaury, climbing from 25.1 in December. “Vehicle fuel economy has generally been declining since last summer, likely in response to the declining gas prices,” commented Michael Sivak, one of the study’s authors. January’s figure is also 0.5 mpg higher than the correspondent figure recorded in the same month last year and is the 12 straight month of average fuel economy above the 25-mpg mark. The study also pointed out that since October 2007, the university’s first full month of monitoring, the window sticker average fuel economy has jumped 5.3 mpg.

Fuel economy remained the same between September and November last year, sitting at the 25.3 mpg mark and dropped to 25.1 mpg in December. Back in August 2014, the last time it climbed the ranks, fuel economy was at a record high of 25.8 mpg. Additionally, according to the Daily Fuel Gauge Report by AAA, on February 4 retail gasoline across the US averaged $2.11 per gallon, a huge difference to the $3.27 figure seen a year earlier. Another study – the University of Michigan’s Eco-Driving Index, showed that greenhouse gas emissions of new vehicles driven in the US stood at 0.77 last November, 23% lower than in October 2007.

Via Automotive News