How to save on fuel for Vehicles

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Electric vehicles

To save on fuel for a gas-powered car you could drive it like it’s a Smart Fortwo Electric Drive vehicle. Alternatively, you could buy an EV. The people who buy EV cars know their batteries can be charged at home. This can be done from the grid or from your solar PV system. That is one way to save on fuel to afford the pleasure cruises. Some better electric vehicles have the acceleration and feel of a V8 without the noise. There are good arguments for getting an electric-powered vehicle for city commuting. They emit no pollution or noise.

Electric vehicles need less raw metals than their equivalent fossil-fuelled vehicles. Consider the recycling of end-of-life vehicles. EV battery cell materials and metal in EVs compare favourably with the recyclable metal content of gas-fuelled cars. If recycling happens some metal is recovered,

Recycling old vehicles

The petrol or diesel consumed during the average lifetime of a conventional gas vehicle is around 17,000 litres. In place of fossil fuel, EVs use electricity stored in batteries. The electricity will usually come from the grid using clean efficient generation. With electricity prices, the cost per kilometre may be about the same as for a gas-fuelled vehicle. The environmental argument proposes that less non-recyclable materials will be needed for EVs and batteries over the same vehicle lifetime. The pollution from the grid power is less than the car exhaust.

The amount of lithium, cobalt and nickel needed to make a new battery will reduce over time with better technology. As more EVs and batteries are produced as much as half of the new batteries could come from recycling. In Europe, the target for meeting the EVs rollout will likely see growth in batteries production to meet the demand for electric cars.

But you didn’t buy an EV, so you need to pay for fuel. In your V8 car, you can feel the commute as you cruise the city in the two-person muscle car transport.

Saving on Fuel for Vehicles

You have bought a nice conventional V8 car but now worrying about fuel consumption. Drive slower than the car sounds like it needs you to go.

Inflate your tires to the recommended pressure or slightly over that so the ride will be stiffer. If they are underinflated there is more drag on the road. Drive the car smoothly away from the traffic lights and make slower steady breaking moves.

Use the cruise control when you can keep the speed constant. Maintain the vehicle by doing all the required servicing. Change your engine oil and oil filter when the service manual recommends. This helps lower your average fuel use. Use the recommended type of fuel. Saving money on cheaper gas isn’t going to save money long term if it damages the engine.

Keep it light

Keep your car driving weight as light as possible. Don’t take more weight with you than you need. Leave the heavy tool kit in the garage. Remove junk and spare stuff that you are carrying around. If you were intending to put stuff away in the garage, take some time when at home and dump it. Imagine if you had to haul all that stuff around in a wheelbarrow. There is a strong possibility the weighty stuff would not be going out with you for a second tour.

Aerodynamics

Don’t add drag-inducing items to the vehicle. Items like heavy front-end protection bars, rear-end spoilers, or luggage racks suck on the fuel hose. A clean and polished exterior will move through the air with less drag.

It might be swish to put an elbow out of the window but open windows create more wind drag than when the windows are rolled up. Only tow a trailer to save renting a truck. Having a towing hitch adds weight to the car rear. A toe hitch costs money but if a towing hitch is needed, get one that can clip in when needed.  Leave the towing bar and ball at home unless you intend to use it day-to-day.

To save on fuel let someone else pay

Maybe to save on fuel where the vehicle is used for working you can have the client for your gas! I’m not proposing you become an Uber driver but some companies you work for need you to use your vehicle. In that case, they should pay mileage or if it’s your own company, have the company pay for the fuel. If the car is used for work, drive it carefully and gently, and your car will last longer and cost less to run.

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