As fuel prices continue to rise, people are looking for technology to reduce fuel consumption and save them money at the pump. While energy efficiency can be improved by advancing the technology of transmissions and engines, recent innovations in vehicle technologies such as Stop/Start which allows the vehicle to turn itself off and on at stops, and plug-in hybrids, which allows a car to work off of electric power, have been looking to make electricity a heavy hitter. While older technologies that help such as turbochargers, which empowers a smaller engine to create more power with less fuel, and direct fuel injection, which directs fuel where its needed causing better fuel efficiency, continue to be team players.
The not-so-distant future of electric cars
It comes as no surprise to many that electric cars sales are rise. Not only is electric car efficiency advancing, but the cost to fill up an electric car is a quarter of what it would be to fill up a gas tank. Granted ,most electric cars charge range varies depending on variables such as weather conditions, the technology continues to advance. And as the energy efficiency of electric vehicles formal continues to improve, range will follow suit. But for those who have range anxiety, there are hybrid vehicles such as the Honda Accord Hybrid which pulls 47 miles to the gallon according to Consumer Reports, and the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid that gets 35 miles to the gallon according to U.S.News.
The Power of your Transmission
The transmission is like the brain of the car, constantly adjusting the power based on your driving conditions and style. Some of the most fuel efficient transmissions that are in production are Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), and Duel-clutch Transmission (DCT), where the transmission is always being fueled and not just being fueled during gear changes. Not only do they make the vehicles shift faster but also reduces fuel consumption making the car transmission efficiency greater than in a normal automatic transmission. The CVT can be found in many manufacturers’ cars such as, Buick, Chevrolet, Subaru, and Chrysler. While the DCT is at home in Porsche, Audi, and Jaguar to name a few.
A More Hands on Approach
One big question among the car community is, why are manual transmissions more fuel efficient? This may have been a true statement in the past, but today’s automatic transmissions have debunked this myth. But there are still some manual outliers such as the Volkswagen GTI that gets 34 MPG, or the Ford Mustang GT that gets 24 MPG.
Cost effectiveness of Adaptive Cruise Control
Once a option, most manufacturers are offering Adaptive Cruise Control to their entire lineup. Making its first appearance in the U.S. in 1999, adaptive cruise control has been a commuter’s dream. Not only is it a valuable safety feature, but it is an excellent feature for maximizing fuel efficiency.
All in all, automotive advancements have made cars not just smarter but these Innovative Technology to Reduce Fuel Consumption can also save your money at the pump. With 18 brands to choose from at Flemington Car & Truck Country, we know how technology can inspire our drives while still being energy efficient. Schedule an appointment at any of our locations in Flemington, Clinton or Princeton. Whether you drive a Ford, Lincoln, Porsche, Audi, Volkswagen, Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, INFINITI, Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Subaru, Honda, Jaguar, or Land Rover, we can help find the vehicle that will save you more!