When did we start keeping track of how many MPG’s our cars get?



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    The “MPG” rating of a car is the number of miles it can travel per gallon of gas (in the U.S., it is the U.S. gallon that is used, not the imperial gallon). This rates the fuel efficiency of the car.

    The MPG rating has been in use for a long time, but was not really a significant concern until the “energy crisis” of the 1970s. During that time, it became difficult to get gasolline for your car, which suddenly caused people to look at how far they could go on a tank. Not until relatively recently has the fuel efficiency been watched for economic and environmental reasons. That was spawned mostly as a result of rising fuel prices, and increasing concern over environmental issues.

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