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U.S. gas mileage hits best mark in three years in July
Last Updated: 2017-08-09 13:03 | Xinhua
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The average fuel economy (window-sticker value) of new vehicles sold in the United States in July was 25.4 miles per gallon (mpg), reaching its highest level since August 2014.

The average fuel economy in the United States in July was up 0.3 mpg from June and just 0.1 mpg less than the peak of 25.5 mpg three years ago.

"This increase likely reflects the decreased proportion of light trucks in the sales mix in July compared to June," said Michael Sivak, research professor at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI).

Overall, the fuel economy has been up by 5.3 mpg since October 2007, the first full month of monitoring by Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle.

Next to average fuel economy, Sivak and Schoettle issued a monthly update of their national Eco-Driving Index (EDI), which estimates the average monthly emissions generated by an individual U.S. driver. The EDI takes into account both the fuel used per distance driven and the amount of driving. The latter relies on data that are published with a two-month lag.

The EDI improved to 0.82 in May, down from 0.84 the month before. The index currently shows emissions of greenhouse gases per driver of newly purchased vehicles are down by 18 percent.

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