Earth Day event celebrates vehicle fuel-efficiency

The Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) hosted a special event for Earth Day to emphasize the role of the Obama Administration in decreasing greenhouse gas emissions by encouraging vehicle fuel-efficiency.

“President Obama’s leadership on climate change has driven our successes in improving vehicle fuel economy for cars, light trucks and heavy vehicles,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said. “By continually pushing the envelope on fuel economy, we ensure Americans have more ways to protect our planet, our health and ensure a better future for our children.”

The NHTSA’s Advanced Fuel-Efficiency Vehicle Showcase displayed a wide range of vehicles created by leading vehicle manufacturers. These vehicles were designed to save consumers money on fuel while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Thirteen manufacturers -- Audi, BMW,  Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Kia,  Lexus, Mazda, Nissan, Tesla, Toyota and Volkswagen -- participated in the showcase.

“When it comes to cutting oil use, saving consumers money and addressing climate change, NHTSA’s enormous responsibilities are matched only by the possibilities for positive change,” NHTSA Deputy Administrator David Friedman said. “We have the opportunity to deliver on the promise of vehicles that save Americans money while enhancing national security and protecting our environment. On Earth Day, we recommit ourselves to even greater progress on fuel economy.”

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