25 May '18, 11pm

For summer travelers, improved fuel economy can help offset pain at the pump - ACEEE

For summer travelers, improved fuel economy can help offset pain at the pump - ACEEE

A near-record number of families are hitting the road over Memorial Day weekend, just as gas prices are projected to climb to a four-year high. Watching prices creep upward is bringing back painful memories for many Americans, but improved fuel economy is making road trips more affordable than before. We last saw summer gas prices rise above $3 per gallon at the height of the recession in 2008, when average vehicle fuel economy was only 21 miles per gallon (MPG). This time around, the economy is stronger and vehicles are markedly more fuel efficient, meaning families today are better prepared for higher fuel costs despite the resurgence in popularity of trucks and sport utility vehicles (SUVs). In fact, average model year 2017 fuel economy is expected to exceed 25 MPG , with more-efficient options available in every vehicle segment. The resulting fuel savings can be quite ...

Full article: http://aceee.org/blog/2018/05/summer-travelers-improved-f...

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