Cruise like Clooney

December 5, 2009

No folks. This is not a red rendition of the Batmobile. According to Tesla Motors, this hot Tesla Roadster can go 0-60 in less than six seconds. The catch? This hot rod is more than two times more efficient than a Prius. Starting at just over $100,000, this electric sports car uses about a gallon to every 120 miles! Alright, so it was a great buy for George Clooney who proudly owns other environmentally friendly cars, but $100,000 sounds more like lottery winnings — not the kind of cash we can afford to spend on the new family car.

The solution? Keep the minivan! By following a few simple steps, you’ll find yourself improving your mpg and filling up the tank less.

  • Don’t be aggressive. Accelerate slowly and avoid frequent breaking. Putting the pedal to the metal only results in burning more fuel and a speeding ticket.
  • According to FuelEconomy.gov, driving over 60 mph can actually decrease your car’s gas efficiency. The reason there is such a difference between city and highway fuel efficiency is because highways lack the frequent stop lights and stop-and-go traffic common to city streets — not because you’re speeding.
  • Think about what’s in your trunk right now. Do you need it? If not, you’re in luck because alleviating your car’s weight can increase your car’s efficiency. In fact, as reported by NH’s Department of Environmental Services, lightening your car’s weight load can result in enhancing your car’s fuel economy by two percent!

So, you don’t have a hundred grand in your wallet? No problem! You don’t have to be made of money to be able to drive in a fuel efficient car!

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5 Responses to “Cruise like Clooney”

  1. Great points, I like your blog so far 🙂
    Keep up the good work!

  2. I love reading about ways to “mesh” our crazy urges to have over the top extravagant things with the necessity to save the world we live in before we permanently destroy it for future generations. Many of our wealthy population feel that as long as they are willing to pay top dollar for the things they want it doesn’t matter how much they are depleting the earth’s resources. This is so far from the truth. Yes, if your going to utilize it you can pay for it. No, just because you pay for it, that doesn’t mean it will be there forever. As with EVERYTHING in life, you take it for granted and it will eventually no longer be available to you.

  3. p.s. I would also love to hear any ideas you have so feel free to post away on my blog! 🙂

    • Ok, so your link brings to me oxy-something site, and I have no clue how to reply to you there.. so I will here! Thank you for the comment first of all (it’s hard to get a fan base going, and every comment counts!). Also, you have my point exactly. I was reading an article the other day about how celebrities often have their eco-friendly cars flown to them in private jets — jets using the amount of energy they could never hope to save even if they religiously used the electric car! I’m very busy right now, but I hope to come up with a Christmasy holiday theme soon.

  4. Matt said

    I really appreciate this line: “avoid frequent breaking”

    Good bye stop signs.

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