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Today’s vehicles are more energy-efficient thanks to advancements by automakers that take a vehicle farther on a tank of gas or an alternative fuel. And, automobiles run cleaner today using higher quality fuel.

More Consumer Choice

More MPG across all vehicles, from cars, to SUVs, vans and pickups

Consumers enjoy much choice when shopping for energy-efficient autos. More than 490 models are on sale that achieve high mileage, including about 45 hybrids, 34 plug-in hybrids, 24 electric, and three fuel cell electric vehicles. Customers are also finding fuel efficiency gains to the traditional gasoline engine.

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What Consumers Buy

Americans favor light trucks, including crossovers, SUVs, vans and pickups. In other parts of the world, customers make different choices, largely based on the cost of gas. Read More

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More Choice in Energy-Efficient Models

Sales of alternative powertrains remain modest. 

Consumer demand for the most energy-efficient vehicles is lower than expected for many reasons, including low gas prices. In model year 2018, the auto industry produced more than 100 electrified models. Their combined sales is about 4 percent of total U.S. sales, or 670,022 out of 17,215,163 in 2018. By contrast, pickup truck sales were 2,863,576, or 16.6% of total sales.

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Buyers Wanted

More than 50 electric vehicles on sale now.

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state electric vehicle mandate

Ten states are mandating that automakers sell an increasing number of “Zero Emission Vehicles,” defined as battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and fuel cells. Government has a responsibility to help make its ZEV regulations successful with consumer incentives and investments in charging and fueling infrastructure, along with state fleet sales.    

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CO2 reductions

CO2 reductions from new vehicles are on track to surpass the goals of the Paris Climate Accord for 2025.

Under the Paris Climate Accord, the Obama Administration agreed that by 2025 the U.S. would cut greenhouse emissions by 26-28% compared to 2005 levels. The auto sector has already made significant carbon reductions. Fleet-wide automobile CO2 reductions are already more than 21% lower than in 2005. And, this does not include carbon reductions made in our plants. According to the 2018 EPA Trends Report (March 2019), the real-world emissions of new cars and light trucks went from an average of 447 g/mi CO2 in 2005 to 357 g/mi in 2017.

clean car progress

Automakers are on track to virtually eliminate smog-forming emissions from passenger vehicles in the next decade — even with more cars on our roads and people travelling more miles. By 2030, passenger cars will contribute only about 1% of ozone emissions from all sources of smog. And, as more customers buy new vehicles with advanced emissions control systems, we will progress even faster.

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automotive recycling

Autos are the most recycled consumer product

95% of retired passenger vehicles are processed for recycling every year. From floor mats and fluids to aluminum and steel, approximately 86% of a car’s material content is recycled, reused, or used for energy recovery. 

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Connected vehicles auto saftey FAQs

How can V2X technologies further enhance the safety benefits of automated vehicles (AVs)?

V2X technologies can supplement the information that comes from on-board sensors, cameras, and GPS technologies to provide even greater situational awareness. That can further improve automated vehicle decisions in safety-critical situations.

What kind of messages are transmitted using V2X communications?

Safety-critical information including speed, direction, brake status, and other information is exchanged. Often with range and detection capabilities that exceed the capabilities of sensor/camera/radar-based systems. These expanded capabilities can allow vehicles to “see” around corners or “through” buildings or other vehicles. That means V2X-equipped vehicles may perceive some threats sooner and could provide warnings earlier.

Why is the public even safer when the auto industry has all 75 MHz of spectrum?

Sufficient spectrum is necessary to facilitate the development and growth of V2X applications. Without all 75 MHz of spectrum, these applications could be significantly hindered. The full 5.9 GHz band is needed to improve safety, mobility and sustainability.

This includes:

  • Low-latency V2V applications to support automated vehicles
  • Public safety applications for ambulances and other emergency responders
  • V2I applications to decrease traffic congestion
  • Vehicle to pedestrian applications to improve urban movement and safety.
What will happen if the 5.9 GHz is re-channeled?

Re-channelization would result in critical V2X safety messages being moved to the 5.9 GHz band’s upper portion, where there could be new sources of potential interference from high-power public safety communications.

Further, rechannelization could cause critical safety communications in the lower band to be subject to in-band interference from unlicensed transmissions aggressively using the band at the same time and place as V2X technologies.

Fuel Economy &

Carbon Reductions

According to consumer research, our customers want it all — better mileage, cleaner and safer technologies and affordable new vehicles. While we continue urging all stakeholders to work together toward a national program for fuel economy standards, automakers have our own roadmap to move forward while continuing to meet the needs and expectations of consumers. 

Our priorities are fourfold

Continue increasing fuel economy — year after year — to provide our customers with more energy-efficient vehicles with greater emissions reductions and the latest safety technologies.

Partner with public/private groups to get more energy-efficient vehicles on our roads via charging/fueling infrastructure, consumer incentives, government fleet sales and car-sharing and ride-sharing programs.

At the same time, continue increasing investments in research & development for more advancements in safety and efficiency.

Do all of this while still keeping new vehicles affordable.