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Fuel economy standards have affected vehicle efficiency

TODAY IN ENERGY: Friday, August 3, 2012

Fuel economy standards have affected vehicle efficiency

Immediately after Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards took effect in the late 1970s, new light duty vehicle (LDV) fuel economy improved significantly, particularly in the case of passenger cars. This was followed by a long period during which fuel economy ratings (measured in miles per gallon, or mpg) for both cars and light-duty trucks leveled off. Since the early 2000s, the average fuel economy of all vehicles in the United States has again been rising.

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