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Fuel Efficient Cars- Switching To A Greener Tomorrow
With the crude oil rates touching a historical $175/barrel mark in 2008, a lot of thought has gone into developing alternate fuels and hybrid cars, especially in the US. Chevrolet, Ford and many other American manufacturers are working on the concept and we are expected to see a few prototypes in the coming few years. Currently, only two of the most fuels efficient cars are available to the regular consumer in the US. These are the Honda Civic hybrid and the Toyota Prius. Crude has not been the only reason behind many companies investing a lot in the R&D of such models- global warming and the world-wide agitation against pollution are the other major factors prompting this change.
Technically speaking, a car is termed “efficient” in terms of fuel consumption if it covers at least 40 miles in a gallon of Gasoline. Going by this standard, Europe had more than 110 brands of the most fuel efficient cars in the world in 2007. This number has increased from 85 such car brands in 2006 and is expected to be around the 125 mark by the end of 2008. There is a striking difference in this number when compared to the US, and that is the main reason of concern for many developing nations. Cars in Asia are intrinsically highly-fuel efficient, given the lower per-capita income in most of the third world nations.
California is one state in the US which is very conscious about its carbon emissions and therefore, two of the most fuel efficient cars in the US- the Civic Hybrid and the Toyota Prius Hybrid account for most of their sales in California.
Besides, almost each of these cars is laden with turbo charged diesel engines, which are far more efficient than supercharged petrol equivalents. Hybrids, as we all know, make optimum use of electricity and gas. When you need power, the car automatically shifts to gas, and when you are waiting at the lights or going slow, the car shifts to the electric motor, resulting in the conservation of gas and better fuel efficiency. Looking at the current need to conserve oil, it is not only important, rather necessary, for every country, especially the developed ones like the US, to switch to more efficient options. This is the only way we can save some energy for our future generations else the day is not far when everyone will be back to bicycles instead of cars.