The naysayers say that in order to get good fuel economy, we’ll all have to drive around in little econo-boxes. Is that really the case?
GM has technology that will allow them to make a full-size Buick get 37 miles per gallon on the highway and 25 mpgs in the city. And they’ve done it without having to spend a fortune developing new tech.
In the auto industry, a lot of little improvements in how we make vehicles can go a long way.
I’ll be the first to tell you I’m into every new weirdo technology, including natural gas vehicles, plug-in hybrids and more. I’m always the pioneer who gets his wallet slaughtered. What I do is not cost efficient, but I don’t mind the price. That’s how strongly I feel about this issue of reducing our dependence on foreign oil.
So don’t believe the naysayers. The auto industry is coming up with ways to deliver better fuel economy without having to sacrifice on the size of our vehicles. There are aerodynamic developments with wind tunnel testing to improve the drag coefficient so you get better fuel economy because you have less wind resistance. In addition, traditional gas engines are becoming so much more efficient too.
When people say something is impossible (and they are in the industry) that really sells us short as a country. We are going to have massive improvements in fuel economy over the next 5 years. Then we won’t be over the barrel as much with the price of oil and we won’t have to be in econo-boxes. Unless we want to!
Editor’s note: This segment originally aired in May 2011.