The Volt and the Cruze Eco are the two latest green packages available from Chevrolet. Although they are definitely not leading the pack in any arena and will probably not earn you very many bragging rights, they are still very near the top of their classes. While many of us want a true electric vehicle or at least a hybrid, we’ll probably have to settle for something like the Cruze until EV costs come down.
Volt’s Little Brother
Both the Volt and the Cruze Eco have sleek designs that are subtle enough to be easy on the eyes. These cars don’t garner the head turning of some environmentally minded vehicles like the Smart Car, which can be good or bad depending on your personality. The Cruze Eco, on the other hand, is slightly sporty and close to the ground, making it a little more fun than it’s be EV brother and a lot less conspicuous than a Smart Car.
High Mileage without Being a Hybrid
Although it isn’t a hybrid, the Cruze Eco still gets some of the most amazing gas mileage around. It accomplishes this by ditching unneeded weight, turbo charging the engine, and sporting one of the best six-speed manual transmissions available. The Cruze has done what many gasoline cars should have done a long time ago. It offers excellent fuel efficiency, even better than Volt’s miles per gallon, when running on gasoline alone. The Cruze Eco is not a hybrid, but it still manages a respectable 28 miles per gallon in the city and as much as 42 on the highway. That kind of efficiency is a commuter’s dream.
The Cruze Eco is priced at about half the cost of the Volt, making it within reach for many consumers. It’s ideal for those who want excellent fuel efficiency but need more space than the Smart Fortwo can offer. Interestingly, the Cruze sells for about half the Volt’s $40,000 price tag, and you can pick up a Smart Fortwo for about half the cost of a Cruze.
If price weren’t a factor, we would all have hybrids or pure EVs. It just feels better to drive a car than isn’t destroying your planet by spewing toxins wherever you go. Volt is clearly easier on your conscience, but that can take it only so far. If you want to drive a clean, green, environmentally sound machine, it’ll cost you. If you want to feel better without breaking the bank, the Cruze might be just the car for you.
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Time to shape up. This is basically the message that the Department of Transportation wants to send to automakers in the country. It is the objective of the Department of Transportation to require cars to meet the 35.7 mpg and for the light trucks to meet the standard 28.6 mpg. This means that the combined standard by 2015 should be at 31.6 mpg, and this figure actually represents a 25 percent increase over the present Federal fuel economy standards. This move by the Department of Transportation was timed for the celebration of the Earth day. This kind of proposal that was presented in effect will help people breathe easier, since carbon dioxide emissions will be greatly reduced and can also cut fuel consumption. Based on last year’s Energy bill, the combined mpg for both cars and trucks stand at 35 mpg. Based on studies, it was estimated that the automakers may need $47 billion in order to meet the requirements.
The plan if it will push thru can net significant savings along the way. The new plan that was unveiled on Earth Day is expected to save 55 billion gallons of oil and can effectively reduce the carbon dioxide emissions by 521 million metric tons over the life of new vehicles that are to be issued between 2011 and 2015. The new requirement will also add an average cost of $650 per passenger car and $979 per truck by 2015. Congress set to create regulations last year and claimed that an increase in the fuel efficiency of vehicles can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and would significantly cut the nation’s dependence on imported oil as well. This plan is expected to be finalized before the term of President George Bush ends.
Are you ready for a vehicle that boasts of 2,843 in mpg?
Automobile manufacturers right now take pride in their cars that can make a respectable 40-plus or a 50 plus in mpg. That’s quite a feat when it comes to fuel efficiency. Leading the way is of course, the hybrid vehicles like the Toyota Prius. But then this can be rivaled, at least in theory by a vehicle that registered 2,843 mpg. That’s right, you read it correctly. This green and mean machine took part in the 2008 Shell Eco-marathon Americas that was held at the California Speedway in Fontana, California. The team from the Mater Dei High School of Evansville, Ind developed their three-wheeled combustion-engine vehicle and in the process breaking the record of the said competition. The vehicle achieved 2,843.4 miles per gallon.
The said event was attended by 300 students in 32 teams coming from four high schools and 23 universities from US and as far as Canada and Mexico. Aside from the combustion-powered vehicle of the grand winner; the other entries in the competition featured 25 vehicles that are powered by combustion engines, four vehicles that are powered by fuel cell/hydrogen technology, one by diesel fuel, one by LPG and two vehicles are powered by solar power.
The grand prize went to the Mater Dei High School, and this same school also took the honors for the combustion engine category. The College of the Redwoods of California netted 304.5 mpg which is powered by diesel; the LPG-powered entry of Schurr High School in Montebello California got 163.5 mpg; Penn State got 1,668.3 mpg and is powered by fuel cell technology and the Purdue University achieved 2,861.8 mpg. Wait insn’t the entry of Purdue University netted a higher mpg? Contest rules do not allow solar vehicles to compete for the grand prize, so the entry from Mater Dei got the prize.