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Today’s vehicles are more energy-efficient thanks to advancements by automakers that take a vehicle farther on a tank of gas or an alternative fuel. And, automobiles run cleaner today using higher quality fuel.

More Consumer Choice

More MPG across all vehicles, from cars, to SUVs, vans and pickups

Consumers enjoy much choice when shopping for energy-efficient autos. In 2017, there were more than 490 models on sale that achieved high mileage, including about 43 hybrids, 19 plug-in hybrids, and 30 electric vehicles. Customers are also finding fuel efficiency gains to the traditional gasoline engine.

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What Consumers Buy

Americans favor light trucks, including crossovers, SUVs, vans and pickups.

In other parts of the world, customers make different choices, largely based on the cost of gas.

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consumers & auto sales

More Choice in Energy-Efficient Models

Sales of alternative powertrains remain modest. 

Consumer demand for the most energy-efficient vehicles is lower than expected for many reasons, including low gas prices. In model year 2017, the auto industry produced 95 electrified models. Their combined sales is about 3 percent of total U.S. sales, or 555,834 out of 17,134,733 in 2017. By contrast, pickup truck sales were 2,743,316, or 16% of total sales.

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Buyers Wanted

More than 50 electric vehicles on sale now.

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state electric vehicle mandate

Ten states are mandating that automakers sell an increasing number of “Zero Emission Vehicles,” defined as battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and fuel cells. Government has a responsibility to help make its ZEV regulations successful with consumer incentives and investments in charging and fueling infrastructure, along with state fleet sales.    

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CO2 reductions

CO2 reductions by the auto sector already approach the Paris goals for 2025.

Under the Paris Climate Accord, the Obama Administration agreed that by 2025 the U.S. would cut greenhouse emissions by 26-28% compared to 2005 levels. The auto sector has already made significant carbon reductions. Fleet-wide automobile CO2reductions are already more than 21% lower than in 2005. And, this does not include carbon reductions made in our plants.
According to the 2017 EPA Trends Report, the real-world emissions of new cars and light trucks went from an average of 447 g/mi CO2 in 2005 to 352 g/mi in 2017 (preliminary).

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clean car progress

Automakers are on track to virtually eliminate smog-forming emissions from passenger vehicles in the next decade — even with more cars on our roads and people travelling more miles. By 2030, passenger cars will contribute only about 1% of ozone emissions from all sources of smog. And, as more customers buy new vehicles with advanced emissions control systems, we will progress even faster.

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automotive recycling

Autos are the most recycled consumer product

95% of retired passenger vehicles are processed for recycling every year. From floor mats and fluids to aluminum and steel, approximately 86% of a car’s material content is recycled, reused, or used for energy recovery. 

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