SMALL SUV - Jeep Liberty Diesel Ltd. (4WD) EPA CITY MPG: 22 CR CITY MPG: 11 EPA SHORTFALL: 50 percent HYBRID - Honda Civic Sedan EPA CITY MPG: 48 CR CITY MPG: 26 EPA SHORTFALL: 46 percent LARGE SEDAN - Chrysler 300C EPA CITY MPG: 17 CR CITY MPG: 10 EPA SHORTFALL: 41 percent MIDSIZED SUV - Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXT LT (4WD) EPA CITY MPG: 15 CR CITY MPG: 9 EPA SHORTFALL: 40 percent MINIVAN - Honda Odyssey EX EPA CITY MPG: 20 CR CITY MPG: 12 EPA SHORTFALL: 40 percent
LUXURY SEDAN - BMW 745Li EPA CITY MPG: 18 CR CITY MPG: 11 EPA SHORTFALL: 39 percent PICKUP - Dodge Ram 1500 SLT (crew cab, 4WD) EPA CITY MPG: 13 CR CITY MPG: 8 EPA SHORTFALL: 38 percent FAMILY SEDAN - Oldsmobile Alero GL EPA CITY MPG: 21 CR CITY MPG: 13 EPA SHORTFALL: 38 percent LARGE SUV - Dodge Durango Limited (4WD) EPA CITY MPG: 13 CR CITY MPG: 8 EPA SHORTFALL: 38 percent SMALL SEDAN - Ford Focus ZX4 SES EPA CITY MPG: 26 CR CITY MPG: 17 EPA SHORTFALL: 35 percent
FYI: CAFÉ standards
United States: 24.6 mpg (cars and trucks)
27.5 mpg (cars ) (2004)
35 mpg (2020)
European Union: 47 mpg (2012)
Japan: 35.5 mpg (2010)
Australia: 29.1 mpg (2002)
34.4 mpg (2010)
Use and needs:
What is this vehicle going to be used for?
How many people?
Do I need to pull a trailer/boat etc.
How much money do I have to spend on transportation?
Where to buy:
How to establish price
Trade in price
Where/how to finance
“on the lot”
How to shop
It is a buyer’s market!! Take your time……..
Let us look at some of the GREEN options available in today’s market.
Great mileage in city driving
Average fuel savings of 25%, ($600/yr)
Disadvantages might include:
Higher initial cost ($3-4000)
Only smaller vehicles currently
No advantage (MPG) at highway speeds
Battery life, four years for lead/acid batteries
Cost of battery replacement ($2000)
NiMH cost $20,000-30,000
Crash danger of 20 lead/acid batteries
You can replace lead-acid batteries with NiMH batteries. The range of the car will double and the batteries will last 10 years (thousands of charge/discharge cycles), but the cost of the batteries today is 10 to 15 times greater than lead-acid. In other words, an NiMH battery pack will cost $20,000 to $30,000 (today) instead of $2,000. Prices for advanced batteries fall as they become mainstream, so over the next several years it is likely that NiMH and lithium-ion battery packs will become competitive with lead-acid battery prices. Electric cars will have significantly better range at that point.
NiMH = Nickel-metal hydride battery
Lead mined in Canada
Shipped to China for manufacture
Shipped to US for sale
The “carbon footprint” in the manufacture and shipping of these (20) lead/acid batteries is equivalent to 3 ½ years of driving with a gasoline vehicle.
Recycling these batteries costs up to $2000/ton
Crashes with electric/hybrid?
Firefighters and rescue personnel receive special training to deal with the higher voltages and chemicals encountered in electric and hybrid electric vehicle accidents. While BEV accidents may present unusual problems, such as fires and fumes resulting from rapid battery discharge, there is apparently no available information regarding whether they are inherently more or less dangerous than gasoline or diesel internal combustion vehicles which carry flammable fuels .
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EVs Great variation in style and cost.
Limitations include distance. New batteries will help here, but at substantial increased costs.
Recharging at work.
Electricity is not free energy.
Usually small commuter vehicles
These vehicles are designed to run on a variation of different fuels.
Ethanol fuels now are 90% unleaded gas and 10% ethanol. Flex-fuel vehicles allow for up to 85% ethanol.
These include different sensors in the vehicle to deal with variations in fuels.
FFVs experience no loss in performance when operating on E85. However, since a gallon of ethanol contains less energy than a gallon of gasoline, FFVs typically get about 20-30% fewer miles per gallon when fueled with E85.
Unlike ethanol , the fuel can also be used in high concentrations in regular gasoline engines and travel through existing pipelines, the companies said. In addition, it will have a higher energy content and be more fuel efficient than ethanol, the leading renewable fuel in the U.S. today, the companies said.
Hydrogen fuel cells
Hydrogen fuel cell
These cells are expensive storage units. Batteries if you please.
Recharging them is a major problem (at present)
Adding filling stations would cost 1/2trillion dollars. (US)
Still run an electric motor.
Diesel vehicles have several advantages:
Better MPG, (20-30%)
Better resale value
Burn almost any type fuel oil
Up to 20:1 compression ratio increases the power proportionately
Higher initial cost ($5,000)
Higher fuel cost (20% more)
Heavier vehicle to support the heavier engine
In addition to improved fuel economy, diesels offer other benefits. Compared to gasoline engines, diesel engines produce 20 to 30 percent less CO2 emissions , which contribute to climate change. And turbocharged diesel engines produce far more torque than gasoline engines, making them fun to drive and well-suited to tasks like towing.
Why is Diesel so costly?
Highway Diesel Fuel
500 ppm: Sulfur limit of 500 ppm = 0.05% (wt.) became effective in October 1993. This fuel, commonly referred to as the low sulfur diesel fuel, was introduced to facilitate sulfate particulate emission reductions, which were necessary for meeting the 1994 emission standards for heavy-duty highway engines.
15 ppm: Diesel fuel of maximum sulfur level of 15 ppm will be available for highway use beginning in June 2006. This fuel, referred to as the ultra low sulfur diesel (ULSD), was legislated by the EPA to enable catalyst-based emission control devices, such as diesel particulate filters and NOx adsorbers, which will be necessary for meeting the 2007-2010 emission standards for heavy-duty engines, as well as the Tier 2 light-duty standards.
All these have advantages of energy savings and ease of parking.
Back to driving more fuel efficiently
We have talked about selection
Buy fuel efficient vehicles
Buy what meets your needs
Doing your homework
Driving more fuel efficiently
Drive at moderate speeds
45 MPH is optimum for fuel economy.
Keep moving, anticipate traffic
Increase following distance
You can’t see
Now you can
Easy does it…
There is no need to always be in a rush, plan ahead. Start earlier.
Avoid rush hour
Avoid traffic lights
Avoid slow, stop and go traffic
Move closer to work
Don’t draft a truck
Drafting can have severe results
Check your air pressure
Performance module, Chips
Always check your
Over 70% of us drive to work alone
If you drive 10 or more miles to work, you pay 20% more for your insurance.
If you carpool and average less than 10 miles one way to work, you can save that 20% on your insurance.
Down east carpool
Prices of gas around the world
Prices are quoted in US dollars per gallon for regular unleaded.