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  •  Things are never simple. (4+ / 0-)
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    thinkdouble, Wee Mama, kyoders, TXDemJenn

    I'm not opposed to some sort of graduated fee or surcharge system based on efficiency. But there are problems with that too, and every means of raising revenue has inequities. Here's the inequity in this one:

    Efficiency is not really measured simply by how many miles per gallon a car gets. It's measured by how much work the vehicle does per gallon (or other unit of energy).

    So for a single person or a 2-person household, a small hybrid is the most efficient car commercially available today. For a typical family of, say, five, that same car would be very inefficient.

    A large truck is more efficient than a small truck if you need to haul large loads most of the time. Same with a personal vehicle. We need standards that assure that vehicles of all sizes are made as efficient as possible. An SUV is the most efficient vehicle for some uses, and least efficient for others.

    This is not what I thought I'd be when I grew up.

    by itzik shpitzik on Mon Jun 29, 2009 at 10:06:39 AM PDT

    •  An SUV is actually almost NEVER the most (1+ / 0-)
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      efficient vehicle. In the case you cited, a large family, a small minivan or wagon is almost always more efficient. The high profile of the SUV is only useful if you often drive on rough dirt roads. Otherwise it's a wasteful fashion statement.

      ...we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals.
      -- Pres. Barack H. Obama, Jan. 20, 2009

      by davewill on Mon Jun 29, 2009 at 10:28:55 AM PDT

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      •  Correct (I drive on rough dirt roads though.) (1+ / 0-)
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        Although we're a Subaru household because the kids are gone. We need 4WD.

        I was speaking mostly of vehicles being sized right. Where I live, 4WD is a real advantage or a necessity for some people.

        Plus at this point, they're making SUV hybrids but not minivan hybrids, and the SUV hybrids get a few mpg better than a Subaru Legacy sedan!

        This is not what I thought I'd be when I grew up.

        by itzik shpitzik on Mon Jun 29, 2009 at 10:39:30 AM PDT

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