By Laura Barron-Lopez - 12/12/13 04:24 PM EST
The Environmental Protection Agency announced on Thursday that the average fuel economy of vehicles in the United States hit a record high in 2012.
Vehicles made in 2012 averaged 23.6 miles per gallon -- a 1.2 mpg increase over 2011 and the second largest increase in the past 30 years.
“Each year new technologies are coming on line to keep driving these positive trends toward greater and greater efficiency.”
The EPA credited President Obama's agenda, which aims to cut vehicle greenhouse gas emissions and double fuel economy by 2025.