The Eco-Drive Index examines and evaluates greenhouse gases emitted monthly by U.S. drivers of current model year vehicles. However, the Index only monitors emissions from a minuscule portion of the nation's total vehicle population. Nonetheless, Brandon Schoettle, a University of Michigan research associate, says the Index shows that consumers, in general, are shifting to more fuel-efficient, compact vehicles. Schoettle, who created the Index along with University of Michigan professor Michael Sivak, says that soaring fuel prices, combined with a decrease in miles driven per year and increased sales of fuel-efficient automobiles, contributed to the overall decline in emissions.
The decrease in emissions shows that consumers are more than willing to buy fuel-efficient vehicles and is a "positive message for the automotive industry," says Schoettle. Do you agree with that?
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