The numbers are encouraging – the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s annual Fuel Economy Trends report has found that new automobiles sold in 2012 averaged a record-high 23.6 miles per gallon and should reach 24 mpg by 2013.
Of course, auto manufacturers still have a long way to go to meet fuel efficiency standards that call for 40 mpg by 2025, but it does appear that they are making significant progress. Model year 2013 also marked a record number of very efficient, low emission models of hybrids and plug-in electric vehicles.
According to data furnished by auto market analysts Baum and Associates, sales of model year 2013 hybrids reached more than half a million, which is up 26 percent from 2012. The year also saw the release of six plug-in electric models, including the Fiat 500e, Honda Fit, Scion iQEV, Smart fortwo electric, Ford Fusion energy and Ford C-Max Energi.
2013’s leading manufacturers of high fuel efficiency and low emissions vehicles were Mazda, Honda, Toyota, Volkswagen and Subaru, the same top five in 2012. Also worth noting were Daimler, which managed to lower emissions by 14 percent, and Chrysler-Fiat which reduced emissions by 10 percent.
Fuel economy, high performance and lower emissions are all good reasons to use a hybrid or electric vehicle for business purposes or adding them to your company’s fleet.
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