Fuel Economy Unit

FUEL ECONOMY

FuelEconomy

Unit

Q1

My current car is a 2011 Toyota Camry LE. I use the car for myeveryday commute, running errands, and general mobility. This cardoes not portray my desired public image. It is also not the mostfuel efficient car in the market as it is relatively older. If I wereto choose another vehicle regardless of how much it costs, then Iwould go for a more elegant make that better represents who I am.Thus, my ideal car would be the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C63. This car isrelatively new in the market. This means that it is fitted with thelatest features in entertainment, safety, performance, and emissions,making it much better than my Toyota Camry. Concerning fuelefficiency, my current car gets 25 miles per gallon (MPG) in thecity, 31 on the highway and 25 combined. The car has a relativelylong range of 462 miles on a full tank. In contrast, the 2016Mercedes-Benz C63 promises to deliver only 18 MPG in the city, 24 onthe highway, and 20 combined with a relatively short range of 360miles. Concerning expenditure on fuel, the Camry requires $1,350annually translating to $2.24 for every 25 miles. Such consumptionlevels are equal to those of an average 2016 car. Therefore, I do notincur any extra costs or save on fuel. On the other hand, the E63 hashigher fuel costs at $2,050 annually and $3.41 for every 25 miles.This translates to an additional $700 spent on fuel every year. TheE63 is also more compact than the Camry and has an overall safetyrating of five stars compared to three in my current car. Thus, theE63 is safer and more good-looking but less fuel efficient than theCamry or the average new car of 2016.

Q2

For the time being, there are several suggested techniques that I canemploy to increase fuel efficiency on the Camry and save more. Theyinclude shedding excess weight, reducing excessive idling of theengine, and using recommended motor oil. To make these tips work, Iwill have to make drastic changes. One of them is to stop leaving thecar idling for more than a minute. I have always thought thatstarting the engine combusts a significantly larger amount of fuelthan when left idling for about five minutes. Therefore, I tend toleave my engine idling for even 20 minutes just to avoid restartingit. What I have learned is that a car combusts just about 10 secondsworth of fuel to restart. With such information, I will be shuttingdown my engine whenever I anticipate a delay such as when waiting topick up my friends. Another thing that I have learned today is thatthe choice of engine oil affects both the performance and the fuelefficiency of an engine. Still, on reducing fuel usage, I have foundout that auto manufacturers recommend certain types of motor oils forspecific engines. In the past, I have always bought motor oilrecommended by staff at the car clinic. From now on, I will seek toknow the oil recommended for my Camry by the manufacturer and stickto using it. Again, I will offload any unwanted items from my car.For some unknown reason, I tend to keep several tools in the trunk ofthe car. I will not be keeping such stuff in my car to avoidunnecessary weight that increases fuel consumption of the car.

Fuel Economy Unit

FUEL ECONOMY

FuelEconomy

Unit

Question1

If money were no issue, my choice of an environment-friendly carwould be the Tesla Model S AWD P90D. This model is fully electric,and it would fit into my city lifestyle that involves driving to andfro school and work, running errands, and the occasional remotecountryside drive to unwind. Thus, my choice of a car is informed byfuel efficiency, physical appearance, ease of parking, and ability tocomplement my personality. Furthermore, the car must be spaciousenough for the occasional carpool with my friends and have enoughluggage room to handle my shopping. Thus, the Model S meets all therequirements of my ideal car. This car would also be a sure upgradefrom my current Golf R 2015.

The Golf R is considerably a fuel inefficient car doing 26 miles pergallon (MPG) on city roads and 30 on the highway and 26MPG combined.In comparison, the average 2016 vehicle gets a combined 25MPG. Itcosts me about $1600 every year to fuel the Golf R, which is about$250 more compared to the average new vehicle. If I got the Model SAWD P90D, I would be spending only $700 on fuel every year and saving$900. Additionally, I would enjoy an additional 10ft3(hatchback) of luggage room while the passenger space would minimallyincrease by one cubic foot. The Golf R costs me about $2.63 to drive25 miles while the Model S would cost me just $1.14 over the samedistance. This is based on the assumption that one gallon of gasolineis equivalent to 33.7 kWh (fuel economy 2016). However, just becausethe Tesla Model S AWD P90D is more efficient than the Golf R 2015, itdoes not mean that I should spend more time on the road than it isnecessary.

Question2

Given that my current spending on fuel is relatively high, I amcurious about the methods that I can use to cut down this amount. Thefuel economy website (2016) provides several tips. The most excitingtips for me are driving more efficiently, keeping the car in shape,and planning trips well. Looking at my lifestyle, I tend to plan andcombine trips to save time but not fuel. In fact, I get to combinetrips many times, but the long leisure drives that I take erode thesesavings on fuel. Therefore, I think I should work on having leisurerides during my errands. This move will eliminate the need for longleisure trips and reduce my spending on fuel and also save theenvironment. Excessive use of accessories is another area that I needto address. Given that I use my car for most of my travel needs, Iget to spend quite a lot of time in it. I have grown to love it,which means that I have added several accessories. I believe that myBluetooth devices, car stereo, and the air conditioning system arethe ones that I mostly use. Now that I know these accessories affectmy car`s mileage and the environment, I will reduce unnecessary use.

The other thing thatI need to change is rapid acceleration and driving at high speed. Although such habits give me an adrenaline rush, I need to do awaywith them. If I can achieve these things, then I will reduce my fuelbudget and conserve the environment. Nonetheless, this will notprevent me from pursuing my dream of owning a fully electric car toreduce my carbon footprint.

References

Fuel economy.(2016). Retrieved from www.fueleconomy.gov