Gasoline – Fuel Efficiency

Fuel Economy Improves for First Time Since August

February 05, 2015

EPA fuel economy window sticker courtesy of Wikipedia.
EPA fuel economy window sticker courtesy of Wikipedia.

The average fuel economy of new U.S. vehicles increased 0.3 mpg and logged the first improvement since August, according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute's monthly report.

The average window-sticker number for new cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans reached 25.4 mpg in January. It reached 25.1 mpg in December. During the summer months, the average mpg of new vehicles purchased remained about 25.5 mpg. The monthly report is produced by Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle.

The fall in new-vehicle fuel economy since late summer mirrors a slide in gasoline prices that began in late June. Sales of pickup trucks, vans and SUVs surged in the second half of 2014. This trend has been seen in fleet sales as well as the retail channel.

New-vehicle fuel economy has risen 5.3 mpg since October of 2007, when the UMTRI began its tracking.

The University of Michigan's Eco-Driving Index, which tracks average monthly greenhouse gas emissions, reached 0.77 in November, a decline from the 0.80 rating in October. A lower score is better than a higher score.

Comment On This Story

Comment: (Maximum 10000 characters)  
Leave this field empty:
* Please note that every comment is moderated.

Article News

Popular Stories


Fleet Management And Leasing

Jack Firriolo from Merchants will answer your questions and challenges

View All


Public Fleet Tracking And Telematics

Amin Amini from Verizon Connect will answer your questions and challenges

View All


Fuel Management

Bernie Kanavagh from WEX will answer your questions and challenges

View All


Recent Topics

How many different types of antifreeze do you stock? I’m curious to know what others are doing to deal with the numerous specifications...

View Topic

I am looking for a used bucket truck for around $50k for our traffic division. The only stringent requirement is the 50' bucket work...

View Topic

Fleet Documents

1117 Fleet Documents (and counting) to Download!

Sponsored by

Propane is produced from both natural gas processing and crude oil refining, in roughly equal amounts from each source. In the fleet industry, it can be used as a vehicle fuel.

Read more