Carbon Burdens from New Car Sales in the United States

This chapter reviews the historical U.S. light vehicle carbon emission trends from all light duty vehicles (LDVs), new and used, over the period from 1970 through 2003, and it highlights new vehicle CO(2) emission rates and related factors for each major automaker for the more recent period from 1990 through 2003. The chapter examines only tailpipe CO(2) emissions so that the findings can be directly compared to the findings of studies by other agencies monitoring greenhouse gases (GHG). Thus, carbon burden is expressed as the expected annual direct CO(2) emissions averaged over a vehicle lifetime. The calculations assume that all vehicles are driven 12,000 miles per year, emit 19.4 pounds of CO(2) per gallon of fuel burned, and have an average 15 percent shortfall in fuel economy relative to the laboratory test values used for Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) compliance.

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    Academic Press

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  • Authors:
    • DeCicco, John
    • Fung, Freda
    • An, Feng
  • Publication Date: 2007


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: pp 73-87
  • Monograph Title: Driving Climate Change: Cutting Carbon from Transportation

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  • Accession Number: 01100444
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780123694959
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 29 2008 11:14AM