What is Fuel Economy?
Fuel economy has created quite a furore amongst the world citizens and has been a hotly debated topic. In layman’s terms, Fuel economy is defined as the fuel efficiency relationship between the distance traveled and the amount of fuel consumed. Unfortunately, automobiles account for 20% of the global gas emissions.
In order to understand thoroughly what fuel economy is all about, one needs to look at the impacts it has on the various inter-connected factors, such as existing laws, opportunity costs, environmental issues, and consumption. While keeping the aforementioned factors in mind, the most pertinent question remains unanswered- Whether or not, the fuel economy standards can save the climatic and environment conditions or further pose a threat to the automobile industry?
The Global Fuel Economy Initiative
The Global Fuel Economy Initiative– GFEI is an organisation, launched in 2009 at the Geneva Motorshow- which works towards the development of cleaner, greener, fuel efficient vehicles and advocates the ideals of global environment preservation. The GFEI has partnered with the International Energy Agency (IEA), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), International Transport Forum of the OECD (ITF), International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) – all of these organisations have actively taken part and played a pivotal role in spreading awareness, educating citizens. The GFEI carried out a full-fledged report on the importance and benefits of the prevalence of fuel economy and it has played an integral role in the reduction of the carbon emissions around the world.
The Benefits of Our Obsession with “Kitna Deti Hai”
Fuel economy if fully employed and put into practice can be extremely beneficial. Firstly, it reduces oil dependence costs, which is one of the precursors of all the existing global issues.
Secondly, it would increase energy sustainability- as the reduction in oil consumption would mean resorting to other resources than oil, which is a non-renewable resource. The efficiency factor has been highlighted and propagated to attract consumers.
Thirdly, it would greatly minimize the environmental degradation to a great extent by using other alternatives and therefore promoting the benefits of fuel economy standards.
It would also lead to the creation of job opportunities and consumer savings, as the hike in fuel prices and inflation has left the consumers helpless and forced them to opt for other alternatives, which should be both- cost and fuel efficient. Consumers can also increase their fuel economy by hypermiling
The Automotive Research of India (ARAI) has been working towards improving technology has conducted varied, in-depth research under the standard conditions and listed the cars which were comparatively fuel efficient- few cars that emerged in the coveted list- Maruti Suzuki Ciaz SHVS, Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Baleno, Honda Jazz,Tata Tiago, 2016 Maruti Suzuki Alto 800, Tata Nano Gen X.
You can read more about them in our article 5 Best Mileage Cars in India That Will Save You A Lot Of Money.
Fuel efficient cars are gaining popularity worldwide, like the Volkswagen XR1 is being called a “super car” as it has been engineered to minimize fuel consumption. It has a 2.0-litre four cylinder engine, with a mean built, and gull-wing doors. It has managed to create a buzz in the automobile industry with its smart, futuristic design.
Interested in cars with an electric buzz underneath their hoods, read: All You Need To Know About The Chinese ‘Tesla-Killer’ – The LeSee
Want to know about hybrid cars in the Indian market, read : Hybrid Technology and Cars in India
The Dark Side of Fuel Economy:
The development of the fuel economy has led to the rise of various fundamental issues pertaining to its usage. The increase in the number of fuel efficient cars would mean cut backs in the cost of fuel, but on the flip side it would lead the increase in the number of cars- which is directly proportional to the increase in the traffic.
Secondly, the standards set by the fuel economy apply only to the new cars. This is another major crisis because, what would happen to the existing cars?
The obsession with fuel economy is based on the assumption that it would greatly help reduce the environmental degradation, but it has its advantages as well as demerits and the term fuel economy has been widely misinterpreted. Instead of focusing on building new cars and employing expensive technology, the cars could perhaps be remodelled. Fuel economy should be replaced with regulations that are more significant, and cost efficient.