Contributing Monkie G Living Staff Monkies
Published on February 22, 2008
I’m surprised how many V-8 engines I see driving around the city looking for any opportunity to speed up. You’d think they’d be the minority, a relic. Or even outlawed altogether. As GM, Ford, and Chrysler promote smaller engines and alternative fuel vehicles to comply with the 35 mpg legislation, you’d think fans of muscle cars and the V8 engine would be worried.
But as far as I can tell, this new legislation doesn’t mean that every car rolling off the assembly line in years to come must achieve 35 mpg. Automakers simply have to reduce the average fuel economy of their entire fleets. It’s a fleet average. Therefore, those who (for whatever reason) feel they really need a more powerful engine will still be able to have it.
Okay, we’re likely to see less of the V-8 and more of the V-6. We may even see sports cars being produced more responsibly, but those who still want power won’t have a hard time finding it on a car lot.
With the 35 mpg legislation going into place, auto companies are being very gently persuaded to come up with better options for concerned consumers. Of course, this is in their best interest — and as far as I can see, it doesn’t hurt the environment either.
In order to continue making big bucks, car companies will have to cater to those who want to save money and resources and make a difference. But what about those consumers who view mighty vehicles as status symbols and/or like to drive hard? There’s no way car companies are cutting these folks out, and nobody is making them. Yet.
Maybe we need a 35 mile per HOUR legislation to make a real difference…