Energy Efficient Car Environment

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Automobiles, Efficiency, and the Environment Developed in 1884 by Karl Friedrich Benz, the gasoline-powered automobile is perhaps one of the most essential inventions in history (Cheng). This invention allowed people to travel faster, longer, and more often, which helped our world begin developing into the global economy that it now is. Today, one of the biggest concerns when it comes to the environment and economy is the use of automobiles and the fuels that they burn. With the rise of gas prices, new fuel efficiency standards, and the ever-present concern of global warming and its’ effect on the planet, automobile efficiency, it seems, is more important than ever.
A lot of energy goes into making a car run. First, the electrical energy
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Energy efficiency is very similar to fuel efficiency, or fuel economy. Economy is most commonly expressed as MPG, or how far the car can go for each gallon of gasoline you put into it. MPG is dependent on many different factors, such as the engine, drag, weight, and resistance. Because of this dependency, each car has different fuel economy and it’s impossible to have just one answer for what the energy efficiency of a car is. Today, however, the most energy efficient car solely powered by gas in 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage, which gets about 40 MPG. Only about 14% to 30% of the fuel’s energy goes into pulling your car forward (EPA). That means 70% or more of the gas used in a car isn’t even used to move the car. Because of this, the EPA believes that the potential to improve energy and fuel efficiency in cars is …show more content…
The Toyota Prius Hyrbid gets roughly 50 miles per gallon- 10 more than the most fuel-efficient, gas-only car. With the ever-increasing popularity and production of electric and hybrid cars, car companies are going to keep making these vehicles more and more convenient and inexpensive.
In the next 10 years, fuel efficiency will keep increasing. In 2011, President Obama announced that there was an agreement with the thirteen major automakers to pursue a fuel economy of 54.5 MPG by 2025. This fuel standard will drastically reduce the United State’s dependence on foreign oil, pollute the environment less, and save American’s money at the pump. The EPA and DOT have both worked closely with automakers and have ensured that these standards are feasible. The program, beginning in 2017, will increase efficiency by an average of 5% per year.
Cars give people the freedom to explore as far and wide as they possibly can. Since cars were first manufactured, standards have been growing and growing, giving people the ability to travel as they please and choose what type of car suits their needs. As fuel efficiency keeps increasing, people will be able to travel more, pay less, and pollute the environment

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