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Increased Fuel Economy Will Cost You Dearly

Significant fuel savings are possible with new, available technologies, but the prices are steep - up to $9,000 a vehicle.

by on Jun.14, 2010

The new GM Global Battery Systems Lab is used by more than 1,000 engineers working on electric vehicles and advanced batteries.

Technologies available right now could significantly reduce fuel consumption in passenger cars, and light trucks without compromising performance or safety, or so claims a new report by the National Research Council.

The problem is that technologies endorsed would also increase vehicle costs for buyers by as much as nine thousand dollars.

“Reducing the amount of fuel we use is an important goal for the nation and for the individual consumer,” said Trevor O. Jones, chair of the committee that wrote the report and chair and CEO of ElectroSonics Medical Inc., Cleveland. “These technologies – whether adopted individually or in combination – offer the potential to meet that objective. Consumers will need to consider the trade-offs between higher vehicle prices and saving fuel and money at the gas pump.”

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sponsored this latest study. The Research Council is the principal operating agency of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering.   (more…)