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Light Duty Fuel Economy

Blog | November 16, 2017

Fuel economy is going up. Vehicle prices are holding steady.

In responding to an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) action on vehicle standards, ACEEE found that average vehicle prices have remained essentially flat over the past 15 years, even as average fuel economy improves.

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Press Release | March 15, 2017

Trump’s Move on Vehicle Standards Risks Billions in Savings at the Pump

Statement of Therese Langer, ACEEE Transportation Program Director

Today’s announcement of backtracking on vehicle standards for model years 2022-2025 puts at risk tens of billions of dollars of fuel savings for consumers and big reductions in tailpipe emissions.

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Blog | March 6, 2017

Vehicle standards are energy efficiency at its best – and too valuable to roll back

The Trump administration is reportedly launching a rollback of vehicle efficiency standards that greatly benefit the US economy. These standards save consumers money, create jobs, help reduce US reliance on foreign oil, and lower carbon emissions.

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Press Release | January 12, 2017

EPA Takes Appropriate Next Step on Vehicle Standards

Statement of Therese Langer, Transportation Program Director

ACEEE welcomes the EPA’s final determination that greenhouse gas emissions standards for light-duty vehicles of model year (MY) 2022-2025 remain appropriate in light of the information available to date. The standards will save consumers tens of billions of dollars at the pump, will help ensure that domestic automakers continue to be at the forefront of global advances in auto technology, and are essential to keeping the United States on course to meet its climate goals.

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Blog | November 30, 2016

What's next for vehicle fuel economy?

The Obama administration has been a great champion of higher fuel economy and corresponding reductions in vehicles’ emissions of greenhouse gases. There’s no reason to expect continuity in this area from the new administration, and an advisor to president-elect Trump has indicated that fuel economy and emissions standards are on their radar.

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Press Release | July 18, 2016

ACEEE Statement on the Technical Assessment Report about fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards for cars and light trucks

Federal and California agencies’ Technical Assessment Report (TAR) released today is the first step in the mandatory “midterm review” of fuel economy (CAFE) and greenhouse gas emissions standards for cars and light trucks in model years 2022-2025. The review will be key to maintaining progress toward far cleaner and more fuel-efficient cars and trucks under landmark standards adopted in 2012.

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Blog | May 24, 2016

To check progress toward 2025 fuel economy targets, we took a look at the Ford F-150

Recent press accounts of automobile fuel economy trends express concern that light trucks won’t be able to keep up with rising fuel economy (CAFE) standards.

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Blog | March 4, 2016

The long road to today's CAFE standards

Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for cars and light trucks, first adopted in 1975 in the wake of the OPEC oil embargo, resulted in a doubling of average new vehicle fuel economy a decade later. Following that period of rapid advance were two decades of stagnant fuel economy standards.

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Press Release | January 27, 2016

More Electric Cars than Ever on Greenest Vehicles List

Electric Vehicles Nab 9 out of Top 12 Spots in ACEEE’s Environmental Vehicle Rankings 

Washington, DC—Despite a tumultuous year for the automotive industry, manufacturers have continued to offer exciting technology options for a growing vehicle market. Today at greenercars.org, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy released its 19th annual comprehensive environmental ratings for vehicles.

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Blog | January 8, 2016

Cars got quicker, more powerful by weight, and more fuel efficient in the last 40 years.

Over the past 40 years, light-duty vehicles in the United States have achieved remarkable gains in both fuel economy and performance. The graph below shows average miles per gallon, power-to-weight ratio, and 0-to-60 acceleration time of new cars and light trucks since the late 1970s. Fuel economy improved dramatically from 1975 to 1987, driven by the original Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, which were adopted in 1975 in response to the 1973 oil embargo by Arab states.

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