492 Unique Models That Achieve 30 MPG or Higher Highway Fuel Economy on Sale Today
Automakers are giving consumers more and more fuel-efficient choices. For model year 2015, automakers are offering 492 vehicles to customers which achieve 30 MPG or higher highway fuel economy. Typically, the lead time required for R&D on new technologies ranges from 5-10 years, so the innovations being developed by auto engineers earlier this decade are now on sale or coming to market.
Today, consumers can choose from diverse technologies to improve their fuel economy, including 46 hybrids, 39 clean diesels, 11 plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) and 15 battery electric vehicles (BEVs), according to www.fueleconomy.gov.
- 492 Models That Achieve 30 MPG or Higher Highway Fuel Economy
- A Wide Range of Powertrains
- 46 models of hybrids
- 39 models of diesels
- 15 models of BEVs (Battery Electric)
- 11 models of PHEVs (Plug-in Hybrid)
Fuel Efficient Autos By Model Year
Each model year (MY), Automakers have increased high-mileage vehicle choice, from 69 vehicles in MY 2006 to 492 vehicles in MY 2015, an increase of over 600%.
2014 Hybrid Sales Dip Slightly
In 2014 automakers sold 452,507 hybrid cars compared to 489,413 in 2013, a decrease of 9.1%.
Growing Clean Diesel Sales Are Predicted
In 2013, consumers purchased 442,658 clean diesel cars. In 2014, the number of clean diesels sales rose 10.6% to 489,612. Clean diesel sales remain just 3% of the U.S. market, but The Diesel Technology Forum forecasts that diesel sales in the U.S. will reach 8-10 percent of the total U.S. market by 2018.