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According to the US Energy Dept., these vehicles are beating out the competition to top the charts in fuel efficiency.

Jake Hertz

March 6, 2024

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The automotive industry is going through one of its most significant revolutions since the invention of automatic transmission. Today’s focus on fuel efficiency and sustainability is driving significant changes in the field, and the spotlight has turned to electric and hybrid trucks, vans, and SUVs.

The transition to electric and hybrid vehicles is a testament to the remarkable strides in battery technology, powertrain efficiency, and aerodynamic design. Manufacturers are leveraging cutting-edge research and development to push the boundaries of what these vehicles can achieve, focusing on extending range, reducing charging times, and enhancing performance. However, the path to electrification is still rife with challenges. Range anxiety and the scarcity of charging infrastructure remain significant barriers to adoption. The search for efficiency often necessitates compromises in vehicle size, power, and affordability.

Manufacturers are tackling these hurdles head-on, employing innovative solutions such as lightweight materials, advanced battery management systems, and integration with renewable energy sources. The industry is also witnessing a collaborative push to expand and enhance charging networks, making electric mobility more accessible and convenient for consumers. Between an improvement in vehicle technolgoy and an increased availability of EV charging infrastructure, the widespread adoption of EVs is bound to ensue.

This article delves into the 2024 market's most fuel-efficient electric and hybrid vehicles, as classified by the US Department of Energy (DOE). Electric vehicles (EVs) in all forms play a crucial role in enhancing fuel economy, slashing fuel expenses, and curbing emissions. The DOE highlights that all-electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) fuel economy is estimated differently from conventional vehicles due to their reliance on electric power. Metrics such as miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent (MPGe) and kilowatt-hours (kWh) per 100 miles are commonly used. Present-day light-duty all-electric vehicles (or PHEVs in electric mode) can achieve over 130 MPGe and cover 100 miles with a consumption of only 25–40 kWh, depending on driving habits. Let’s take a look at the most fuel-efficient electric and hybrid trucks, vans, and SUVs in 2024.

About the Author(s)

Jake Hertz

Jake Hertz is an Electrical Engineer, Technical Writer, and Public Relations Specialist. After he received his M.S. and B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Rochester, he spent three years working as an Electrical Engineer at MakerBot Industries. 

As a writer, Jake is well known for his frequent contributions to various engineering websites, where he has garnered readership in the tens of thousands. Through his business, NanoHertz Solutions, Jake works with cutting-edge companies in the hardware and semiconductor space to build industry buzz and awareness through Public Relations and Technical Writing services.

As an engineer, Jake now works with numerous startups to help develop their hardware products. He is also a Co-Founder of Origin Labs, a NYC-based design firm for tech startups in the hardware space.

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