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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. More than 480 models are on sale that achieve high mileage, including about 50 hybrids and 30 electric vehicles. Customers are also finding fuel efficiency gains to the traditional gasoline engine.

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Source: FuelEconomy.gov

consumers & auto sales

Buyers wanted!

Consumer demand for many high MPG vehicles is lower than expected for many reasons, including low gas prices. While average fuel economy of all new vehicles continues to rise, sales of the most energy-efficient autos remain low. For example, 76 models on sale in 2015 achieved 40 MPG or more, as stated on the new vehicle label. Sales of all these models combined accounted for about 1% of total new vehicle sales. Sales of the most energy-efficient models will need to grow substantially to meet projected government targets.

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Steeper Government Targets

Looking ahead, there is a widening gap between government fuel economy targets and sales of energy-efficient vehicles, especially as much steeper federal targets are projected. Alliance members support a strong fuel economy program where government targets align with affordable technology and market realities.

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One national program

“One National Program” is still a goal to avoid piecemeal, fragmented policy on fuel economy and greenhouse gases that was inefficient and raised costs to customers.

While automakers are still urging NHTSA and EPA to harmonize their programs, the state “Zero Emission Vehicle” mandate needs to be considered together with the federal program.

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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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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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