440 Fuel-Efficient Models
As gas prices continue to rise, automakers are giving consumers more and more fuel-efficient choices. 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.
Automakers Increased High Mileage Vehicle Choice by More Than 625% in Eight Years
In just eight years, the number of 30+ MPG models increased by more than 625%, from 69 on sale in 2006 to 440 models today.
Today, consumers can choose from diverse technologies to improve their fuel economy, including 47 hybrids, 32 clean diesels, 5 plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) and 7 battery electric vehicles (BEVs), according to www.fueleconomy.gov.
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.