Consumptions Devoutly to be Wished

The European Union is proposing regulations which will make cars much more efficient in their use of fuel. It is thought by research that if the average car consumption was 95g per kilometre of fuel, which is nearly 69 miles per imperial gallon, then consumers would save about a quarter of the money they spend in fuel. The cost of the changes that will make cars use less fuel will be recovered in three years of average driving.

For motorists it should be a no brainer. Fuel is heavily taxed and is likely to be heavily taxed in future. Using less fuel will mean a saving, although without doubt if every car had consumption of better than 69 miles per gallon, the government would inevitably raise fuel duty to make up the revenue that they will lose.

The techniques for making cars consume less fuel are already available. Some of them are technical changes, while others are simple changes, such as building cars from aluminium which is lighter than steel. Other changes involve technical innovation.

Of course the car industry, like all industries resist change. Motorists who buy cars tend to buy on price, not on consumption, although it is really a matter of education; there is no point in buying a cheaper but less fuel efficient car if you are held to ransom on fuel costs.

In any event for the moment 69 miles per gallon is a consumption devoutly to be wished.

2 Responses

  1. I look back to when the cars were mostly repairable to the average Diy’er with a Haynes manual and could be just as economical as many of their modern replacements today, then safety and red tape was introduced and cars got more sophisticated and thus heavier requiring more power to drive them forward.

    And the balance between man and car was lost forever as a economical tool.

    What many are doing today is buy an older can and drive it without any road tax, very cheap insurance and put the extra 9 grand the normal starter would cost into their sky rocket, a decent vintage cars is a good buy these day, like the old Morris 1000 I used to own for many years, we repaired it ourselves, never broke down and could’nt get it going and saved litterally many thousands.

    However the car I just described can be converted to run on natural gas which will give even more savings from a pertol vehicle.. The gas version also lengthens between service times to double that of today’s average because the much cleaner gas keeps the oil clean, from the dirt that petrol contains, spark plugs will last on average twice as long also, parts are still redily available and cheaper than the modern counterpart.

    To save more we used to share giving other a lift to work for many years as well, we basically run for next to nothing, so I would say we have gone backwards not forwards, today we don’t drive and walk into town or hire a car for greater excursions.

    As an ex- RAC recovery/mechanic for many years in the trade, I witnessed great changes in how the motor vehicle has moved onwards, before the advent of the electronic batton, we breakies, could actually get the majority on their way again fixed, then everything changed, the times of fixing got less and less, armed with laptop and fault codex the percentage got less, and full lifts became involved at great cost to the enviornment/resorce overall.

    The small lorries that were needed only do about 12-15 miles per gallon on a steady run, require two drivers for long hauls and again we have gone backwards.

    I left the industry about five years ago, but have witnessed in the years before ceasing tinkering that cars are going back the other way in reliability stakes, the good times, and cheap times are over, and the black box technology is going to be used to toll your useage of the tarmac.

    There is technology that can make a vehicle run at 100 miles per gallon, but the big car lover simply won’t change untill the tech is realeased and the fuel so expensive, the Cuban crisis model is enforced upon motorists to share, this I personally think is coming sooner or later, as we are now at peak crude flow.

    What stores that are capped and being kept will be for the final attempt at world domination to drive the military machine.

  2. Explanation of how “Peak Flow” is on the whole being manufacture for the greatest profits and control of the whole.
    Get used to it, this is how the elite can bring about change in a society too fat and lazy to leave their metal box, or care for each other interim.

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