The Efficiency Of Cars

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The Efficiency of Cars Nikeisha S. Sandy SCI207: Dependence of Man on the Environment (ABL1146J) Instructor: Walter Lambert December 12, 2011 The efficiency of cars is a major issue. There are several reasons why cars should be more efficient, however, there are many reasons why they should not. The efficiency of a car can affect both the economy and the atmosphere. While cars should not be more efficient, cars should be more efficient because the cost to the consumer may decrease, more efficient cars can save money on taxes, and cars are a necessity. At one point, the idea of using a car that was electric powered may have seemed outrageous. Several questions emerged, such as: can it be done; would it work; how would it work; when would it happen; and how much would it cost. “Record-high oil prices have pushed consumers towards fuel-efficient vehicles and prompted many governments to consider electric transport as a way to escape their dependence on imported petroleum and to address climate change” (ebscohost.com). Here are a few of the many reasons why cars should be more efficient. First, cars should be more efficient because the cost to the consumer may decrease. Although consumers may pay much more for an efficient car, “the total cost to the consumer over the life of the vehicle, which includes the purchase price plus fuel, might actually decrease”(Turk & Bensel, 2011, I-5). Indeed, the total cost to the consumer may decrease the amount of money spent on the vehicle. These savings would come from the purchase of gas, as you can cut fuel consumption in half with an efficient car as compared to a conventional car. With gas prices soaring all the time, the less gas a car needs, the better for the driver. With a more efficient car, drivers are able to get maximum fuel efficiency, with more miles per gallon. Take the Hybrid for example. The Hybrid is

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