450 Unique Models That Achieve 30 MPG or Higher Highway Fuel Economy on Sale Today
As gas prices continue to rise, automakers are giving consumers more and more fuel-efficient choices. For model year 2014, automakers are offering 450 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 51 hybrids, 35 clean diesels, 7 plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) and 11 battery electric vehicles (BEVs), according to www.fueleconomy.gov.
- 450 Models That Achieve 30 MPG or Higher Highway Fuel Economy
- A Wide Range of Powertrains
- 51 models of hybrids
- 35 models of diesels
- 11 models of BEVs (Battery Electric)
- 7 models of PHEVs (Plug-in Hybrid)
Fuel Efficient Autos By Model Year
Each model year (MY), Automakers have increased high-milage vehicle choice, from 69 vehicles in MY 2006 to 450 vehicles in MY 2014, an increase of over 552%.
2013 Hybrid Sales Rise Slightly
In 2013 automakers sold 489,413 hybrid cars compared to 431,798 in 2012, an increase of 13%.
Growing Clean Diesel Sales Are Predicted
In 2012, the consumers purchased 125,522 clean diesel cars. In 2013, the number of clean diesels sales rose to 135,740. Clean diesel sales remain just under one percent 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.