Posts tagged with ‘EPA’
Mathletes vs. Quarterbacks
Only two American cars made the list of the top 10 most fuel-efficient cars for sale in the U.S.
Nine out of the 10 cars on the list are trumped in terms of mileage by the 1991 Geo Metro XFi, which got 43 city mpg and 51 mpg highway by today’s EPA standards.
Undoubtedly, most of the cars on the list beat the Metro in terms of amenities and performance, but if we’re striving to make cars easier on the Earth, we’re going to need to make some more improvements.
Part of the solution may be to look at fuel efficiency.
Sports cars, the high school quarterback of the car world, are known for their top speeds of 200 mph and their quick-start speeds of zero to 60 in a matter of seconds. They’re also known for taking 10 gallons of premium grade gas to achieve these fames.
Fuel-efficient cars, the mathletes of the car world, are a great deal in terms of price and are more environmentally friendly. Not known to be as esthetically pleasing or suave as sports cars, fuel-efficient vehicles constantly face the question of whether consumers will be impressed enough with their fuel economy numbers to buy them.
What do you think? Would you be willing to sacrifice good looks for good gas mileage?
New mpg labels for cars from the EPA
The EPA unveiled a new gas mileage label for display in the window of every new car.
These labels will display more details on gas costs, emissions and other car-buying decision factors, such as:
· Gas savings or costs over five years compared to the average new vehicle.
· Ratings between one and 10 for greenhouse gases and smog.
· A QR Code consumers can scan with a smartphone to get more information on a car.
· The fuel consumption rate, or the amount of gas or electricity needed to drive 100 miles. This figure can help consumers compare gas, electric and hybrid vehicles.
What do you think of the new labels? Are they missing anything?