Fuel use

 

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 The automotive media can do likewise by henceforth ignoring the outdated "0 to 100" performance criterion.