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Vehicle fuel economy up slightly

ANN ARBOR—Gas mileage of new vehicles sold in the U.S. ticked upward in March, say researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

The average fuel economy (window-sticker value) of new vehicles sold last month was 25.2 mpg—the highest mark since last July, but the same level as three years ago.

Overall, fuel economy is down 0.3 mpg from the peak of 25.5 mpg reached in August 2014, but still up by 5.1 mpg since October 2007—the first full month of monitoring by Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle.

In addition to average fuel economy, Sivak and Schoettle issued a monthly update of their national Eco-Driving Index, which estimates the average monthly emissions generated by an individual U.S. driver. 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.

During January, the EDI increased to 0.84 (the lower the value, the better)—its highest mark since April 2016. The index currently shows emissions of greenhouse gases per driver of newly purchased vehicles are down 16 percent, overall, since October 2007—but 6 percentage points higher than the record low reached in November 2013.

 

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