In his blog entry, Allan Yogasingam wonders if installing fuel efficiency meters in vehicles would be suitable method of increasing fuel efficiency in vehicles.
I received an interesting email in my inbox the other day from an organization called Fuel Efficiency Centers. In it were a variety of statistics pointing to the theory that fuel efficiency can be driven not only by a change in technology but a change in driving habits and the introduction of a meter that point out how your driving method can affect your fuel usage.
|Fuel efficiency adviser|
With an estimated 196 million licensed drivers who operate more than 220 million non-hybrid vehicles in the US alone, the concept of improving fuel efficiency through changes in our driving habits seems like a very intriguing concept. According to their study, Fuel Efficiency Centers, an understanding of how we're driving can increase fuel savings by over 30% while reducing our carbon output at the same time. With the use of a Fuel Efficiency Adviser (FEA), capable of being used in most vehicles manufactured from 1996, their claim is of a fuel savings for most drivers of 200-300 gallons of fuel per year. According to Fuel Efficiency Centers, each gallon of fuel saved can equate to a reduction of 19.4 lbs of CO2 emission.
It's an interesting concept to say the least. With respect to green and automotive, the focus has been on moving from today's combustion engines to hybrid and electric-based vehicles. However, we often forget to take into account the fact that a large majority of the public will take a long, long time to phase out their current vehicle before even considering the purchase of a hybrid or electric car. A solution like a Fuel Efficiency Adviser, in my opinion, could be a good stop-solution until the 220 million non-hybrid drivers can trade in their car for a more 'earth-friendly" alternative. Personally, the concept of how I drive effecting my fuel use rarely dawns on me during my morning and afternoon commute. If knowing laying off the gas at intersections can save me even $5 of gas a week, I would definitely make that change. I'm curious to see how a fuel management system would change my driving habits.
Heck, if I saw results myself, I know I would beat the drum to make it so all new non-hybrid vehicles sold have a fuel manager installed as a mandatory factory feature!