Industry Analyst -- Fuel Economy
Erin researches and reports on fuel-economy trends and environmental regulations.
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Estimated levels of electrified-vehicle sales stayed on track with recent trends, but relatively higher demand for pickups and other light trucks pulled down the industry average.
Record-high hybrid penetration lifted the average mpg-rating of vehicles sold in the disrupted market.
Credits earned in earlier years carried forward to cover the small deficit.
The effect of higher electrified-vehicle sales was negated by a higher proportion of trucks.
Model-year 2018 light-vehicles had a weighted average fuel-economy rating of 25.1 mpg (9.4 L/100 km) in the U.S. CO2 tailpipe emissions continued to decrease to 353 g/mi (220 g/km).
U.S. voters desire stronger fuel-economy standards and expanded incentives and support state-based regulations, according to a Brunswick Group survey.