Posts Tagged ‘cost per mile’
About two months before two new plug-in cars go on sale in the United States, the federal government is struggling with how to rate the fuel economy of mass-market plug-in vehicles.
How the Environmental Protection Agency rates the two cars, the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf, could have a big influence on consumers’ perceptions of vehicles that run on electricity. General Motors, which makes the Volt, and Nissan are anxiously awaiting the agency’s decision as they start production of the cars and complete marketing plans for rollouts in December.
Providing the customary city and highway miles-per-gallon information would make little sense for the Volt, which can drive 25 to 50 miles on battery power before its gas engine kicks on, and even less so for the Leaf, which is powered by only a rechargeable battery.
Cathy Milbourn, a spokeswoman for the E.P.A., declined to specify a date when the new ratings might be released, saying only that they would come “shortly.”
There’s a fair bit of geek introspection in the article. Most of which is irrelevant to the average vehicle purchase.
As a matter of practice, most of the wool-gathering the EPA indulges in is important only to bureaucrats, beancounters and engineers. Most folks want to figure out what it’s going to cost them to drive around in whatever new car-critter they’re considering. Miles per gallon has been the rule of thumb for a century or more and is something even a 6th grade, second-rate education equips the average purchaser for.
I understand and agree with all the other good stuff about pollution and climate change. Cripes – I’ve been an advocate for positive change for long enough. But, that average consumer we always consider ain’t bringing in all the guidelines to choose their new ride. They want to know what it costs. That’s all. That’s enough.