Automakers Launch EcoDriving Program to Help Save Gas and Cut CO2

By Editors on August 19, 2008 2:38 PM

Hoping to ensure that cleaner, greener thinking becomes part of the mindset of all American motorists, a group of 10 leading carmakers and the states of California and Colorado have announced a new EcoDriving initiative. According to Dave McCurdy, president and CEO of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, employing the various simple but effective driving principles and maintenance tips recommended by this program can help improve your real-world fuel economy by up to 15 percent and materially trim carbon dioxide emissions.

The EcoDriving precepts -- which are accessible online at -- are applicable to all vehicles, regardless of age or mileage. They range from avoiding unnecessary rapid starts and stops to maintaining proper tire pressure settings and choosing the most suitable engine oil. McCurdy notes that the potential environmental benefits can outstrip even the direct savings in gasoline. If just half of all U.S. motorists adopt EcoDriving best practices, annual CO2 emissions could be trimmed by nearly 100 million tons.

Manufacturers participating in the EcoDriving program include the BMW Group, Chrysler, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi Motors, Porsche, Toyota and Volkswagen. In conjunction with the program, the National Automobile Dealers Association also has announced that September will be free "Green Check-up Month" nationwide.