Those Sexy Electric Cars
Researchers from the University of Michigan said this week that the crop of new cars and trucks sold in the U.S. in October are the most efficient ever to hit American roads. Their average fuel was 24.1 mpg combined. That’s a four mile-per-gallon improvement from five years ago.
This gain in fuel efficiency equates to a collective savings of $8 billion a year at the pumps, according to Natural Resources Defense Council. That’s just the beginning. Consumers should expect billions of dollars of additional relief on fuel costs in coming years—as the country’s fleet makes steady increases to a whopping 54.5 mpg, the target established by Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulations by 2025.
The trend shows how important it is to make slow and steady incremental improvements in fuel efficiency—across the entire fleet of cars and light trucks. These are critical evolutionary improvements derived from more efficient gas and diesel engines. But hardcore environmentalists want to see changes that are revolutionary, especially considering recent severe weather patterns that many scientists link to global warming.
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