Videos and fact sheets

Use the links below to learn more about fuel consumption and emissions, innovative fuel-saving technologies and the factors that affect your vehicle’s fuel efficiency. The information can help you make informed, energy-efficient decisions about the vehicle you buy and how you drive it.

Videos

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Fuel consumption testing procedure

Fuel consumption testing helps consumers make informed, energy-efficient purchase decisions by providing a reliable comparison of the relative fuel consumption performance of different vehicles.

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Factors that impact fuel efficiency

When, where and how you drive influences your vehicle’s fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

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Hybrid-electric vehicles

Hybrid-electric vehicles combine a battery-powered electric motor with a conventional internal combustion engine. Hybrids cannot be charged using external electricity – they use the gasoline engine, regenerative braking and the energy produced from coasting to recharge their batteries.

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Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) are hybrids with high-capacity batteries that can be charged by plugging them in. When operating in electric-only mode, PHEVs produce no tailpipe emissions.

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Battery-electric vehicles

Battery-electric vehicles are propelled by an electric motor (or motors) that draw electricity from on-board rechargeable batteries. When the batteries run low, they must be plugged in to recharge. Electric vehicles produce no tailpipe emissions.

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Transmission technologies

Manufacturers continue to improve transmission efficiency by using innovative technologies. Selecting a vehicle that has the most advanced transmission technology can help to reduce your fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

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Engine technologies

Manufacturers continue to improve engine fuel efficiency through technology improvements that include direct fuel injection, cylinder deactivation, variable valve timing and lift, turbocharging and idle stop-start.

Fact sheets

Factors that impact fuel efficiency

Infographics

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Choosing a fuel-efficient vehicle (PDF, 355 KB)

Fuel use is an ongoing expense and should be considered when purchasing or leasing a vehicle. Factoring fuel consumption into your buying decision can save you money for as many years as you own your vehicle.

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Engine technologies (PDF, 216 KB)

Innovative technologies deliver fuel savings and emissions reductions without compromising performance. Cylinder deactivation, turbochargers and stop-start technology are just a few examples to consider when purchasing your next vehicle.

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Winter driving facts (PDF, 4.12 MB)

To optimize your vehicle’s fuel efficiency, follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule and apply fuel-efficient driving techniques.

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Winter driving tips (PDF, 1.11 MB)

A driver’s decisions in different weather conditions can affect fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. By following these tips, you can reduce the impact of winter weather on your fuel consumption.