Fuel Economy; A Brief Intro

Fuel economy measures the distance a vehicle travels against the amount of fuel being used. Consumption for fuel economy purposes will be taking into account the volume of fuel required to travel a determined distance. Or it could be measured against the distance traveled per the unit volume of the fuel consumption. Fuel consumption use is now being given a greater sense of urgency. 

That’s because of the negative impact it’s been having on pollution levels. Because of this severity, countries are imposing a form of tariff on the consumption of fuel. Another fuel economy measurement is that which takes into account energy use. In this case, account will be taken of factors such as wind resistance and the drag on tires. Ignition use and air conditioning can have a negative impact on fuel consumption.

But strategies can be put into place to help reduce losses incurred when making conversions between chemical energy used in fuel and kinetic energy of the actual vehicle. It’s also important to monitor how the car is being driven. For instance, driving too fast and braking heavily will be wasteful. Electric cars are not burning fuel directly. But in this case, equivalence measures will be taken into account. The amount of gas being used per mile should still be measured somehow.

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You will have noticed that while there are intermittent drops in the price of fuel, it’s still always going to be expensive. This has something to do with market fluctuations and geopolitics but there are also deliberate measures in place to discourage people from driving excessively in an effort to not just consume less fuel but also clean up the environment. Whichever way you look at it; the achievement maintenance of fuel economy will always be necessary.