Full Title: Tomorrow’s Clean Vehicles, Today (2015)
Author(s): Union of Concerned Scientists
Publisher(s): Union of Concerned Scientists
Publication Date: 05/2015


Description (excerpt):

A Ford F-150 that travels 5 miles further on every gallon of gas. A Mercedes crossover that saves drivers over $8,000 dollars in lifetime fueling costs. A Mitsubishi compact that gets 40 miles per gallon.

These aren’t fuel efficiency fantasies; they’re real numbers that represent new vehicles on the market today. Thanks to the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and global warming emission standards passed in 2010, today’s new cars and trucks are more efficient than ever before. And despite claims that the standards are expensive or technologically impossible, automaker manufacturers continue producing cleaner cars and trucks every year, saving consumers money and dramatically cutting carbon pollution.

The standards have been so successful that today’s new vehicles are, on average, about 1 mile per gallon ahead of their annual targets. About 10 percent of the vehicles sold today are a full five or more years ahead of schedule, meeting regulatory targets for 2020 and beyond. These include variants of six of the top 10 best-selling cars and trucks in the United States.