GAS-GUZZLERS WORSEN OIL CRISIS IN US

This brief article quotes findings published by the Natural Resources Defence Council in Washington, USA, which show that an increase in 1.5 miles per US gallon (four fifths of the imperial gallon) in the fuel efficiency of American automobiles could have as much oil per year as the United States imported from Iraq and Iran last year. Up until now, cheap petrol has encouraged American manufacturers to continue to build bigger and less efficient cars. The average fuel efficiency of automobiles in the United States fell in 1989 from 27.2 miles per gallon of petrol to 26.8. A further drop is expected in 1990. Booming sales of small trucks and vans, which only do an average of 21 miles per gallon have compounded the problem. Congress is now considering a law that would force car manufacturers to improve the average fuel efficiency of their cars by 20 per cent by 1995, and 40 per cent by the year 2000.

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    IPC Magazines Limited

    Holborn Group, King's Reach Tower, Stamford Street
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  • Publication Date: 1990-8-18

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  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 14
  • Serial:
    • NEW SCIENTIST
    • Volume: 127
    • Issue Number: 1730
    • Publisher: REED BUSINESS INFORMATION LTD
    • ISSN: 0262-4079

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  • Accession Number: 00606956
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 31 1991 12:00AM