26 Mar '12, 3am

Average fuel economy of US cars has risen 18% in less than five years, to 24 MPG:

Average fuel economy of US cars has risen 18% in less than five years, to 24 MPG:

Most households could do a lot better. Mine went from ~650 gallons of gas a year to about 200 gallons of gas and 2500 kWh of electricity by selling a 22 mpg vehicle and getting a LEAF. The other car is a 45 mpg Prius. The Prius used to get twice the miles of the other car - now we drive the LEAF more and the Prius less, total annual miles on both are similar. Eventually would like to replace the Prius with a PHEV of some sort - just waiting for the right package. Should be able to cut gasoline usage by another 50% even if it only has 11 miles EV range like the the Prius plug-in since many of the miles are still done in short trips.

Full article: http://www.greencarcongress.com/2012/03/umtri-20120305.html

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