Sunday, September 18, 2011

Drivers waste fuel

I get 36+ mpg in my 2007 Toyota Yaris, which I bought late last year, and I do almost city driving. I make an effort to drive in a fuel-efficient manner.

The original title of this article is "Cars don't waste fuel. Drivers waste fuel", but that's ridiculous. A car that can go far faster than the speed limit, and make jack rabbit starts, is going to waster fuel.

link to original article

By Keith Barry, WIRED
September 12, 2011 8:47 a.m. EDT

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside's Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CERT) are developing a new way of boosting fuel efficiency by as much as 30% without changing a car's powertrain at all.

Their secret? Finding ways to change our behavior so we're more attuned to maximizing their mileage while behind the wheel.

Sure, it may sound easier than reducing vehicle weight or adding batteries or developing some new engine technology, but it's a daunting task. It's relatively easy for engineers to tinker with a car, but even Sammy Hagar knows that people tend to resist efforts to change their behavior.



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