By Bruce Rhodes
May 5, 2005
Congratulations to Megawheels for a banner issue (April 21)
that covered energy-efficient hybrid, diesel and fuel cell technologies.
It's great to see car companies offer vehicles that make better use of fuel.
It's now up to automotive journalists to follow suit:
specifically, writers could refrain from citing the time it takes for a vehicle
to accelerate from 0 to 60 or 100 km/hour. If the goal of an increasing number
of drivers is to save energy, then the time it might take to reach a given
speed is irrelevant.
As Dan Proudfoot stated in his article (Eco luxury? Incredibly cool), "Mercedes encourages prudent driving with a readout within the speedometer indicating fuel consumption...". The automotive media can do likewise by henceforth ignoring the outdated "0 to 100" performance criterion.