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EPA reports track fuel economy trends, vehicle 'green' ratings

November 23, 2010
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency summarizes key fuel economy and technology trends for cars and light trucks in a new report, "Light Duty Automotive Technology and Fuel Economy Trends: 1975 Through 2003," available at fetrends.htm At 20.8 miles per gallon, the average fuel economy for model year 2003 is about 6 percent lower than the peak value of 22.1 mpg achieved in 1987 and 1988. There is a continuing decline, according to the report, in fuel economy due to the increases in light truck sales, increased vehicle weight, and the popularity of more powerful engines. Copies of the Fuel Economy Guide, which was developed by the EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy to track city and highway fuel economy data for various vehicle models, is available a The EPA's Green Vehicle Guide, which monitors a vehicle's environmental performance, can be downloaded at