EPA report shows backsliding on auto fuel economy and emissions, critics say – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Thursday, December 17, 2015

U.S. automakers’ progress toward better fuel economy and emissions standards is slowing, a report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency shows.

The study shows scant improvement in either area. Average fuel economy for U.S. passenger vehicles in 2014 remained unchanged from the previous year: 24.3 miles per gallon — while average carbon dioxide emissions were also the same: 366 grams per mile.

The agency said the flat industrywide numbers masked mileage and emissions gains in every category, from cars to sport utility vehicles to trucks.

Consumers “bought a different mix of vehicles,” opting for heavier, larger and more powerful transportation, including more trucks and SUVs and fewer passenger cars, according to the EPA.

Despite that, Christopher Grundler, director of the EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality, said automakers were to be applauded for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

“For the third year in a row, manufacturers have exceeded the GHG emissions standards by a wide margin,” Grundler said.

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