Data on all personal-use motor vehicles registered in NY State during January 1973 and June 1977 were analyzed with respect to trends in gross vehicle weight as an indicator of fuel efficiency. NYS auto registration and drivers license files were merged to permit analysis of demographics of car owners. It is found that GVW increased steadily, during the period, and that the age (but not sex) of the owner is an important indicator of the amount of the increase. The increase can be attributed to consumer preferences, not only to model changes. Women register generally lighter cars than men. The entire fleet increased 2.3% during the period, due primarily to increases in cars registered by women. Several policies are proposed to encourage purchasing of more fuel-efficient cars. They include (1) monitoring new car sales with respect to fuel efficiency, (2) increasing consumer awareness of the advantages of smaller more efficient cars, and (3) dealer-based and consumer-based monetary incentives to make smaller, more efficient cars more attractive. /Author/

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  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 70 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00179029
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Res. Rpt. 132
  • Created Date: Jul 29 1978 12:00AM