Economic Savings from Fuel Economy Standards

Published Mar 13, 2017

New cars and trucks aren’t efficient by accident. They’re efficient because forward-looking policies require them to be.

Thanks to strong standards, US drivers are saving billions at the pump.

Federal fuel economy and emissions standards—passed in 2011 and now under attack—have directly made new cars and trucks cleaner and cheaper to drive. They were created in collaboration with the entire automotive industry, and they’ve worked ever since.

The ticker above showcases net fuel savings from the standards. Data comes from government sources of fuel economy, vehicle sales, and fuel price, and from industry sales projections.

Savings are considered relative to a 2010 baseline, since fuel economy has not historically improved in the absence of vehicle standards.

Download the full methodology here.

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