Automakers support increasing fuel efficiency. In fact, this year there are more than 480 models on sale that get 30+ MPG on the highway – a 530 percent increase over the number of similar models available just a decade ago. The increase in number of models offering 40+ MPG is even greater: a 3,000 percent increase over the same time period. Automakers are also on track to virtually eliminate smog-forming emissions from passenger vehicles in the next decade – even with more cars on our roads and people traveling more miles.
And consumer choice is alive and well: the Department of Energy’s www.fueleconomy.gov Website lists nearly 100 with advanced technologies that include Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid, Electric, Dedicated CNG, Bi-fuel CNG and more.
Although what we put in auto showrooms is important, what’s even more important is what customers choose to put in their driveways. Car shoppers tell us they have multiple goals when buying a new car and that value, price, passenger and cargo room, performance and much more all come into play. Although sales of alternative powertrains are still modest, we hope consumers will embrace all of our new technologies.