Here at AutoblogGreen, we're no strangers to the mileage vs. consumption debate, but New York state could become the first in the nation to require fuel consumption ratings on new vehicles. For those not familiar with the concept, mileage measures how far you can drive on a given quantity of fuel. The standard measure in the U.S. for this rating is miles per gallon. Consumption, on the other hand, defines how much fuel is used to drive a given distance. Those in countries that use metric generally measure this in liters per 100 kilometers, while Americans would use gallons per 100 miles. When measuring fuel savings that result from increased efficiency, the consumption rating gives a linear representation of actual savings. The savings that result from improving the MPG drop geometrically as the mileage number rises. You can find a full explanation in this Greenlings article we published in 2009.

New York state senator Daniel Squadron (D) recently introduced a bill that would require fuel consumption window stickers on new cars. The intent is to show consumers how much fuel would be saved by taking most inefficient vehicles off the road. Going from 12-15 mpg reduces saves nearly six times as much fuel over a given driving distance as an improvement from 50-60 mpg. The bill has been passed out of a senate committee in Albany but no corresponding bill has yet been introduced in the assembly.

[Source: All over Albany]

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