SEARCH BLOG: AUTOMOBILE
Recently, there have been several posts on this blog regarding the federal government's culpability in the rise of oil prices and gasoline prices. Now the federal government is acting decisively to correct the problem.
In 7 years, the Federal Government has commanded the automobile industry must achieve a corporate average 36 miles per gallon for cars. That's combined city/highway average... not just the peak highway number that is advertised.If today were 2015, here is what you, as a consumer, could buy based on 2008 EPA data:
This gasoline powered Smart ForTwo:
convertible A-S5 1.0L (3 cyl) 33/41 mpg
coupe A-S5 1.0L (3 cyl) 33/41 mpg
Do not drive this in the presence of semis or attempt to drive beneath one in an effort change lanes.
And these hybrids:
HONDA Insight 1.0L (3 cyl) Man-5 2WD Gasoline small car City MPG 61 Hwy MPG 66
HONDA Civic Hybrid 1.3L (4 cyl) Man-5 2WD Gasoline small car City MPG 45 Hwy MPG 51
TOYOTA Prius 1.5L (4 cyl) Auto-AV 2WD Gasoline "midsize" car City MPG 60 Hwy MPG 51
Attempting to pass other vehicles is not advised. Use hazard flashers on hills.
Actual mileage for hybrids has been shown to be below EPA estimates. Some larger European diesel-powered vehicles exceed the Prius performance and mpg [see video in right column]
That's it. These are your choices. No larger hybrids or [unavailable due to incompatible federal government and European Union regulations] diesel-powered vehicles would qualify. Rather than take actions to increase the supply of oil from known reserves, the federal government has taken action to reduce the choices of consumers... and making it more expensive in the bargain.
Of course, you could just say "screw it" and get one of these:
Good job Nancy and Harry.
Nice Wisconsin "helmet"