WASHINGTON – The U.S. new car automotive fleet’s gasoline effectivity was flat within the 2021 mannequin 12 months as automakers bought extra sport utility autos and pickup vans in comparison with automobiles, whereas the Detroit Three lagged behind overseas rivals.

The U.S. Environmental Safety Company mentioned Monday the fleetwide real-world common was 25.4 miles per gallon within the 2021 mannequin 12 months, the identical as in 2020. The EPA estimates the 2022 fleetwide effectivity common will rise to 26.4 mpg.

Automakers are assembly rising car emissions necessities partly by means of utilizing credit earned in prior years or by shopping for extra credit from rivals.

Chrysler-parent Stellantis had the bottom gasoline financial system amongst all automakers at 21.3 mpg in 2021, whereas Basic Motors was 21.6 mpg and Ford Motor at 22.9 mpg.

The three U.S. automakers had the bottom fleet extensive gasoline financial system of 14 main automotive corporations.

The report confirmed Stellantis led all automakers in shopping for emissions credit and buying 102.6 million megagrams of credit within the 2021 mannequin 12 months, whereas Tesla bought 72 million. Basic Motors bought 28.3 million credit and Mercedes-Benz bought 17.4 million. Honda bought 50.5 million credit and Toyota 38.9 million.

The EPA mentioned common new car real-world carbon dioxide emissions in 2021 per car fell by 0.6% to a document low of 347 grams per mile down 2 grams over 2020.