Cars Saving PA Drivers Money at Pump
2014 - Tom Joseph
- Pennsylvanians who traveled the roads over the holiday weekend likely felt
the pinch at the gas pump, but some spent a lot less money fueling up than
research from the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) finds the average fuel
economy of new cars has improved by 20 percent in the past four years.
Gillis, CFA director of public affairs, says drivers of 2008 models typically
spend about $2,300 a year on gas - and those who drive a typical 2014 model are
spending about $300 less. And he says savings should only increase as
manufacturers improve fuel efficiency.
2020, you'll be spending just under $1,800," says Gillis. "So,
there's tremendous good news out there, from both the fact that consumers are
demanding more fuel-efficient vehicles and buying them, but more importantly,
car makers are offering them."
Americans are showing strong support for the new fuel-efficiency standards.
is interesting about this is that the support for these standards cuts across
party lines - 76 percent of the Republicans, 83 percent of the Independents,
and 89 percent of the Democrats favor the new fuel-efficiency standards,"
including some car dealers and manufacturers, have voiced concerns that the
standards could hurt business. But Gillis says consumers are driving the
demand. In his group's research, most people surveyed said they expect the next
car they purchase to average at least 30 miles per gallon.
those who purchase more fuel-efficient vehicles, such as hybrids that use
gasoline and electricity, are saving about $500 a year.
fuel economy standards require cars and light trucks to average just over 54
miles per gallon by 2025.
report issued by the Diesel Technology Forum last year ranked Pennsylvania at
number six among states for fuel-efficient vehicles, with just over 86,000
hybrid-fuel vehicles on the road.