Good News, But Plug-in Vehicles Are Needed to Truly Jump ForwardIt looks like the momentum of 2012 wasn't lost in the new year. The numbers for January 2013 are in, and according to Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), the average fuel economy of new vehicles sold in the U.S. during the month is a record-breaking 24.5 MPG. In the grand scheme of things, it's not that great, but at least things are moving in the right direction after many decades of near-stagnation, and even some periods where average fuel economy went in the wrong direction.
So January 2013 shows an improvement of 0.4 MPG over December 2012, and of 4.4 MPG compared to October 2007, the first month of detailed stats that are available from the UMTRI. 4.4 MPG might not sound like much, but it's a 22% improvement, which, over millions of vehicles, does make a difference. Not a big enough difference, but still...
For more info on the most fuel-efficient (both plug-in and plug-less models), check out: EPA Releases Top 10 Most Fuel-Efficient Models of 2013 (In Two Flavors)