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New Car Fuel Economy Average Continues to Sink

Unsurprisingly, consumer preference for big vehicles cutting average.

by on Nov.13, 2017

The popularity of big vehicles like 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST and its optional 420-hp 6.2-liter V-8 will worsen the national fuel economy average.

The average fuel economy of vehicles sold in the United States continued to slide in October, according to the monthly report compiled by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

Even this rise of gasoline prices from the major hurricanes that hit Texas, Louisiana and Puerto Rico and also closed oil refineries and halted oil drilling across the Gulf of Mexico has yet to have any impact as the American shift to trucks and utility vehicles continues to dominate the industry’s sales trends.

Environmental News!

The average fuel economy or window-sticker value of new vehicles sold in the U.S. in October was 25.2 miles per gallon, which was down 0.1 mpg from September, UMTRI researchers Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle reported. (more…)

Greener Travelers Taking Planes Instead of Cars

U-M says flying is safer and greener than driving.

by on Apr.28, 2015

U-M's Michael Sivak says flying is not only safer than driving, but it's also more environmentally friendly.

If you are thinking of taking a road trip this summer, you might want think again…at least if you’re concerned about the impact on the environment.

University of Michigan Researcher Michael Sivak has concluded that flying is not only safer than driving, but it’s also greener.

Automotive Insight!

“Although the fuel economy of new vehicles is continuously improving, and these improvements are likely to accelerate given the recent update to the corporate average fuel economy standards, changes in fuel economy of new vehicles take a long time to substantially influence the fuel economy of the entire fleet,” said Sivak, a research professor at UMTRI and director of Sustainable Worldwide Transportation, a research consortium that addresses major road transportation issues worldwide. (more…)

US Gasoline Usage Lowest Since 1984

Better fuel economy, less driving helps cut gas prices.

by on Mar.26, 2015

More fuel efficient vehicles, like Ford's C-Max line-up, have helped reduce the amount of gasoline used by Americans in the last three decades.

A new study from the University of Michigan examines one of the important factors that have undermined the price of oil and gasoline: Americans are using less gas.

The price of gasoline and crude oil has plunged since last summer and the role of new discoveries in North American shale formations has been highlighted.

Automotive Insight!

Over the past two years, oil production in the U.S. has reached levels last seen in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Average fuel consumption by American drivers is at its lowest level in at least 30 years, according to a University of Michigan researcher. (more…)