Morning shift material right here.

Downward trend “which UMTRI researchers attribute to increased sales of less efficient models such as trucks and SUVs”

The average fuel economy among new vehicles sold in the United States fell for the third month in a row in September, according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. The typical vehicle sold during the month got 25.2 miles to the gallon. This average was down from 25.3 miles per gallon in August, 25.4 miles per gallon in both June and July, and 25.5 miles per gallon in May. UMTRI researchers Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle have been tracking changes to the sales-weighted fuel economy of new vehicles in the U.S. since October 2007. At that point, the typical newly purchased vehicle got 20.1 miles per gallon.

The monthly average is calculated using sales figures for light vehicles such as cars, pickup trucks, SUVs, and vans, as well as the combined city and highway fuel economy of each model as determined by the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Fuel Economy Guide.” These ratings reflect the average window sticker fuel economy values, and they are available for about 99.7 percent of all vehicles purchased in any given month. In August 2014, the average fuel economy among new vehicle sales reached its highest point of 25.8 miles per gallon. Since that month, each month’s figure has stayed between 25 and 25.5 miles per gallon. Sivak and Schoettle credit this trend to increased sales of less efficient models such as trucks and SUVs.

August of 2014 was month with the highest average fuel economy for new vehicles. Wow.

I’ve posted this story to /r/news as well, if you want to help get it to the front page (looks like it’s on its way):