It’s a win-win for drivers in Tennessee. The statewide average for gas is now about $3 a gallon, while new vehicles in the United States are getting better mileage than ever before. Photo credit: futureatlas.com/Flickr.
The average price for a gallon of gas in Tennessee is now at about $3 a gallon, but that isn’t the only way drivers are saving money at the pump. According to a new report, model year 2013 vehicles hit an all-time high for gas mileage with an average of just over 24 miles per gallon. That’s up nearly five miles per gallon over the last decade and shows automakers are continually working to improve fuel economy, says Will Toor, transportation program director with the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project. “Leading automakers really partnered with the administration and said, ‘We can do this, and we’re not going to fight it,’ and instead, are really focusing on a variety of improvements,” Toor says. As of the year 2025 in the U.S., new vehicles will be required by the Environmental Protection Agency to average 54 miles per gallon. Toor says getting better gas mileage will have a positive impact on reducing the emissions that cause climate change. “Emissions from transportation account for about a third of the greenhouse gas emissions in the United States,” says Toor. “The bulk of that is from personal vehicles.” The EPA projects the increased fuel standards will double fuel economy by 2025, cut vehicle greenhouse gas emissions by half, and save Americans $1.7 trillion at the gas pump.
The low price in Manchester is $2.88 per gallon and in Tullahoma the lowest price is also $2.88.