fuel economy


Our Latest Automaker Rankings: What The Industry Needs to do to Keep Moving Forward

, senior vehicles analyst

Every few years, UCS takes a look at the auto industry’s emission reduction progress as part of our Automaker Rankings series of reports. This year’s analysis, based on model year (MY) 2017 vehicles, shows that the industry has once again reached the lowest levels yet in both smog-forming and global warming emissions from new vehicles, despite the fact that many off-the-shelf technologies are deployed in less than one-third of all new vehicles.  Unfortunately, this record-setting trend in progress also shows some indications of slowing down, with Ford and Hyundai-Kia showing no progress towards reducing global warming emissions, and Toyota actually moving backwards.

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Automakers Pretend President Trump Isn’t Giving Them Exactly What They Asked For—We Don’t Buy it.

, senior vehicles analyst

Today, automakers are meeting with President Trump to discuss his administration’s plans to rollback fuel efficiency and emissions standards on light-duty vehicles. Since reports of the proposal first began to leak, we’ve seen a number of statements from automakers claiming that this wasn’t what they asked for.  Unfortunately, these statements ring hollow—and their own proposals explain why. Read more >

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Factory worker in a car assembly line.

Newsflash: Better Fuel Efficiency is Good For Jobs

, research and deputy director, Clean Vehicles

Keeping the fuel standards strong is the best way to help grow jobs and support our economy.  Investing in technology advancement in the auto industry and saving consumers money on fuel – both outcomes of clean car standards – help to create jobs and make our economy stronger. Read more >

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Industry Representatives and Administrator Pruitt looking quite pleased at the press conference where they rolled out their rollback of the fuel efficiency standards. Left to right - Peter Welch, NADA, Administrator Pruitt, Mitch Bainwal, Alliance, John Bozzella, Global. Screenshot from C-SPAN

5 Things the EPA Gets Wrong as it Re-Evaluates the Fuel Efficiency Standards (and One Thing it Ignores)

, Sr. Manager of Government Affairs

On Monday April 2nd, the EPA released a “redetermination” of the incredibly popular and successful car and light truck global warming emissions standards – spoiler alert – EPA said that the standards are not appropriate and need to be weakened. The redetermination is full of questionable assumptions and strange conclusions. We picked five falsehoods that are core to their reasoning and explain why they’re wrong. Read more >

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Vehicle pollution is a major issue for human health and the environment.

EPA Rolls Back Fuel Efficiency Standards at the Request of Automakers

, senior vehicles analyst

Scott Pruitt’s decision to weaken fuel efficiency standards overturns thousands of pages of hard evidence that the standards are necessary. The consequences will be limiting consumer choice, increasing emissions, and undercutting the economy. Read more >

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