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April Fools! That dip in new-car fuel economy during the fourth month of this year was in fact an aberration. The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) calculated the weighted average of new-car fuel economy and determined that new car month-over-month fuel economy in May rose for the fourth time in five months. Better yet, May represented a monthly record high.

May's new cars got an average fuel-economy rating of 25.6 miles per gallon, up from 25.2 mpg in April and rising 3.2 percent from the 24.8 mpg figure a year earlier. The real impressive news is that the five-year fuel economy average rose 20 percent, so both Americans and the automakers appear to be doing their part in reducing fuel use by buying and making more alt-fuel vehicles and four-bangers.

This year, Americans appear to be scaling back on the fuel-use a bit as gas prices do their usual upward march heading into summer. Last month, US sales of hybrids, plug-ins and diesels were up 14 percent from a year earlier, as Toyota Prius sales rose 14 percent and the Nissan Leaf battery-electric set an all-time monthly record for sales, exceeding the 3,000-vehicle monthly threshold for the first time ever. Meantime, check out UMTRI's numbers here.


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      CoolWaters
      • 8 Months Ago
      There's only one that that's going to make EXXON and the Koch Brothers Stop Fracking, polluting the world with Tar Sand Garbage and get out of politics: STOP USING GAS. Corporate America has proven themselves Grossly Incompetent to Run the Nation or even their own companies. Because China will make Solar cheaper then Coal in 2 years, and Solar is already cheaper then Tar Sand garbage. Solar already employs more people then Coal. And yet these companies still have not put any significant money into converting to new energy sources for the future. They will both be driven out of Business.
      CoolWaters
      • 8 Months Ago
      On a brighter note: 97% of climate scientists ARE NOT Bought by Exxon. Shows that there is a class of citizen that has CHARACTER.
      CoolWaters
      • 8 Months Ago
      Global Warming is the Perfect example of Capitalism NOT WORKING. Also, Republican Failure Economics of the last 40 years.
        Lamborandon
        • 7 Months Ago
        @CoolWaters
        Why dont you put your mouth on an exhaust pipe for 5 minutes (if you can last that long) and then come talk to me (if your still conscious) ...moron
        BipDBo
        • 8 Months Ago
        @CoolWaters
        Try to stay on topic or please go away.
          brotherkenny4
          • 8 Months Ago
          @BipDBo
          Seems right on topic. Higher fuel economy is the antithesis of GOP policy. Everyone knows that, so when fuel economy is mentioned, it assumes a discussion of the opposers and their views and failed policies.
      Spec
      • 8 Months Ago
      Thanks, Obama. (No . . . really . . . Thanks Obama!)
        mylexicon
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Spec
        We're still on Bush's bill. You can thank Obama in 2017 :)
      paulwesterberg
      • 8 Months Ago
      In other news air pollution has been linked to heart problems: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jun/05/air-pollution-linked-to-irregular-heart-beat-study-finds
        paulwesterberg
        • 8 Months Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        Short-term exposure to air pollution could increase a person's risk of irregular heart beat or blood clots in the lung, a new study has suggested.
      topspin360
      • 8 Months Ago
      Hey even of you don't believe in global warming, better gas mileage is great. I went from a car that got 22 mpg average to one that gets 35 and I didn't give up much in size or comfort.
      Lamborandon
      • 7 Months Ago
      An important fact to know is that the odor threshold for the human nose to detect benzene is approximately 60 ppm for odor detection in air, or in water is 2 ppm and so if you can smell it be concerned. Benzene is a clear, colourless liquid with a characteristic, aromatic hydrocarbon odor and is often described as “that gasoline smell”, that gets on your hands and clothes when you fill up your tank. Make no mistake you should not inhale whenever your exposed to benzene, as it is poisonous and more dangerous to your health than second hand cigarette smoke. OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) regulates levels of benzene in the workplace, because individuals have developed, and died from leukemia after benzene exposure. Long-term exposure may affect bone marrow and blood production, with some studies suggesting that Benzene even at concentrations as little as one part per million have been shown to lower white blood cell count by as much as 15-18 percent! Short-term exposure to high levels of benzene can cause drowsiness, dizziness, unconsciousness, and death.