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Reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from new vehicles

July 7, 2009

A new report examines the effects of recent changes in fuel economy of purchased new vehicles and the amount of driving on carbon dioxide emissions in the United States.

Results of the study indicate that one consequence of improved fuel economy and a decrease in distance driven is a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions per driver from purchased new vehicles. Emissions were lower in each month from November 2007 through April 2009 when compared with emissions levels of October 2007.

The report was produced by Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle of UMTRIļ¾’s Human Factors Division.

Read the full report.