EU Fuel Economy
European Union Manufactures Improvements to Fuel Economy
Manufactures of motor vehicles throughout the European Union are taking steps to reduce emissions and promote fuel economy. It is becoming more and more apparent that these two initiatives go hand in hand. Often, the steps taken to promote fuel economy have the effect of reducing emissions and vice versa. Over the next few years, initiatives to do both protect our environment and our fuel sources will become more and more popular. The manufactures in the European Union will lead the way in the drive to a healthy global ecology by promoting better fuel economy.
Many of these new technologies are cost prohibitive currently. Car manufactures are committed to finding ways to improve the fuel economy of vehicles. It is predicted that as new technologies move from concept to reality, the cost of the technology will decrease, making them cost effective as well. Currently, many of the cars with improved fuel economy are too expensive for the average consumer. There is a drive towards making these initiatives available to the average consumer in the near future.
EU Producing Vehicles with New Technology
Because fuel consumption is directly tied to the amount of emissions a car releases, reducing emissions is the first step in manufacturing vehicles with better fuel economy. Several automotive companies are working on new and innovative technologies to do just this. These include fuel cell propulsion, mild hybrid and advanced combustion engines. Once the best of these methods has been perfected, the cost of manufacturing them should go down, making them easier for the average citizen to purchase.
EU Encouragement Alternative Fuels
Manufacturers throughout the European Union are moving towards vehicles that use alternative fuels in the hopes that doing so will not only reduce our dependency on foreign oil but also improve fuel economy. Over the last several years several hybrid cars have been introduced into the market. Most recently a car that runs on electricity alone was introduced. These hybrids have improved fuel economy over regular cars. Over the next 20 years, manufactures predict that biofuels, natural gas, fuel cells and hydrogen will all be explored for their effects on fuel efficiency
Air Conditioning Systems
Air conditioning systems in cars are a source of increased fuel leaks. Improving these systems may help improve the fuel economy of many vehicles. As an added benefit, improved air conditioning units with less leakage will also improve the environment by decreasing the amount of toxic fuels that are released into the air. Improvements to air conditioning systems are an important part of improving the fuel economy of cars in member states.
Fuel Economy Information Systems
Many automotive manufactures have made a move towards placing information systems in their new vehicles. These systems that utilize GPS and other systems to provide driving direction and more are not simple navigation systems. Fuel economy is all about smooth driving, consistent speeds and direct driving. Information systems within cars allow drivers to do just that. As these systems improve, it is theorized that they will become, in effect, traffic management systems. Properly flowing traffic, less stop and go, and consistent driving speeds will improve the fuel efficiency of vehicles within the European Union.
Fuel Economy from Tyres
Tyres have a massive effect on the fuel economy of vehicles. Car manufacturers are beginning to realize this and are spending time and research dollars developing tyres that will contribute to the fuel efficiency of a vehicle. Harder tyres reduce road slippage which is one of the leading causes of poor fuel economy. Additionally, car manufacturers are developing tires that are designed to hold tire pressure better and are engaging in an active campaign to let consumers know that poor fuel economy is often caused by poor tire conditions. Some of these tires are currently available, while to consumers, while some are others are ‘concept’ tires that will be available in the next couple years. As technology improves, the manufacturers will continue to make changes to tyres that will improve the fuel economy of cars.
Car manufacturers in the European Union are leading the way in the production of technology and cars that improve the fuel economy of the vehicles. These efforts are costly and take time, but member states should start seeing the benefits of them soon. Increased fuel economy will not only make operating motor vehicles less expensive, it will improve the ecology of the planet as well by reducing emissions. Over the next several years the initiative started by the manufactures in the European Union should become a reality.