The four tips given aren't rocket science and can be applied to current models - save for they would mean an increase in sales prices. Here they are:
- Reducing weight: Using more aluminium, carbon-fiber or plastic panels to reduce the dead mass that has to be propelled.
- Using better powerplants: The hydrogen-cell is not ready yet but hybrids and diesel are already available (and domestic automakers do have excellent diesel powertrains in Europe)
- Mounting low-resistance tires: It's a bit at the expense of handling, but it's available and it doesn't cost too much.
- More gears: CVT transmissions or 7 and 8-speed transmissions are ready. The lower the rpm are, the less gas the car burns.
- US Senate reaches compromise on energy bill including CAFE increase
- Kelley Blue Book studies gas-savings habits and announces top fuel-efficient picks
- Maine auto dealer has 11 dealerships, says customers want high-mpg vehicles. So where's Detroit?