Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Cleaner Cars

Good news from the USA is new car efficiency standards. By 2025 new cars will have to average 54.5 miles per gallon (compared to 27.5 now). Obviously, that's almost twice as efficient. Climate Reality showed the impact with this graphic.

graphic showing environmental impact of fuel efficiency

153 billion trees, 2 billion tonnes of recycling, saving 14 billion barrels of oil, or turning off 1422 coal-fired power station. Whatever way we look at it - that's a significant change.

It's also a change that will help the hip-pocket. Estimates are that it might add $1,800 to the purchase cost of a car by 2025, but reduce the running cost by $8,000.

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