Actual fuel economy of cars and light trucks: 1966-2019

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vehicle fuel economy. Specifically, this study examines actual fuel economy of cars and light trucks (pickup trucks, SUVs, and vans) from 1966 through 2019. (My Calculated vehicle fuel economy is available going back to 1923. by Michael Sivak, Sivak Applied Research.

Actual fuel economy of cars and light trucks: 1966-2017

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vehicle fuel economy. Specifically, this study examines actual fuel economy of cars and light trucks (pickup trucks, SUVs, and vans) from 1966 through 2017. Calculated vehicle fuel economy is available going back to 1923. For 1966 through 1985, fuel economy was calculated from the information in a summary publication by the U.S. The graph below shows the changes in actual vehicle fuel economy from 1966 through 2017. by Michael Sivak.

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A team from the University of Tennessee and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has the fuel savings due to fuel economy improvements over the past 43 years amount to approximately two trillion gallons of gasoline. Fleet-wide fuel economy gains produced large fuel savings.

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The average production-weighted fuel economy for all new light-duty vehicles in model year (MY) 2019 was 95% better than in MY 1975, while average horsepower was 78% higher and weight was 1% higher, according to the 2019 EPA Automotive Trends Report.

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In 2018, 27% of new light-duty vehicles sold in the US had fuel economies of more than 30 miles per gallon (783 l/100 km), according to the US Department of Energy (DOE). By contrast, none of the light-duty vehicles produced in 1975 had fuel economy greater than 30 miles per gallon (mpg). had fuel economy over 30 mpg; by 2018, that share had grown to 27%. of light-duty vehicles produced were plug-in vehicles with fuel economies greater than 60 mpg (3.92

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