June 3, 2010

AN EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY FOR BARRY TO SHOW WHAT GOVERNMENT CAN DO:

Significant fuel savings possible for cars, SUVs (Associated Press, June 3, 2010)

The report, which looked at three-types of automotive engines, found:

— The full combination of improved technologies could reduce fuel consumption by 29 percent in medium and large cars and pickup trucks with conventional engines at an added cost to consumers of about $2,200.

— Switching to diesel engines and components could yield fuel savings of about 37 percent at an added cost of $5,900 per vehicle.

— Gas-electric hybrid engines and components could reduce fuel as much as 43 percent at an increase of $6,000 per vehicle.

Smaller reductions in fuel savings can be achieved for considerably less money, the report noted. For example, one available conventional engine technology allows a six- or eight-cylinder engine to run on fewer cylinders when full engine power isn't needed, such as on flat roads. That can reduce fuel consumption as much as 10 percent at a retail price increase of about $350 to $500 per vehicle.

Over two-thirds of total U.S. oil consumption is for transportation, and almost two-thirds of transportation consumption is gasoline used primarily in cars and light trucks.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 3, 2010 2:06 PM
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