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U.S. fuel economy slips in August
Last Updated: 2017-09-08 16:24 | Xinhua
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Gas mileage of new vehicles sold in the U.S. slipped in August, with the average fuel economy (window-sticker value) being 25.3 mpg, down 0.1 mpg from July and 0.2 mpg less than the peak of 25.5 mpg three years ago.

Overall, fuel economy is up by 5.2 mpg since October 2007, the first full month of monitoring by Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle, according to researchers at the University of Michigan (UM) Transportation Research Institute.

In addition to average fuel economy, Sivak and Schoettle issued a monthly update of their national Eco-Driving Index, 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 worsened slightly to 0.83 in June, up from 0.82 the month before. The index currently shows emissions of greenhouse gases per driver of newly purchased vehicles are down by 17 percent since October 2007.




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