Monday, May 21, 2012

Green Vehicle Upgrades, Greater Environmental Standards

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There’s been a sensible and ultimately necessary push for greater environmental standards for automobiles.  The United States is responsible for nearly half of the entire world’s automotive carbon dioxide emissions, and with global warming still accelerating, it is incumbent upon policymakers and individual consumers to do what they can to adapt the American way of life to a future that is sustainable and environmentally sound.
A Realistic Perspective
The plain fact is that we are still a long ways away from becoming carbon neutral or abandoning all of the damaging tendencies that are entrenched in our day-to-day lives.  And while a utopian vision of a future in which we are all living in luxury without ever darkening the skies or sullying the water with pollution is a vision well worth aspiring to, it’s unreasonable to think that we can take enormous leaps towards it immediately. In the meantime, it’s a matter of small steps, and every little bit helps.
With well over 250 million passenger vehicles in the United States, raising the average fuel efficiencies by even a modest amount or encouraging transition to more sustainable alternatives by just a small fraction of drivers would have a significant impact on the volume of overall emissions.  Government-mandated fuel efficiency standards have increased over time, though some might say it has been slower than it should have been.  Either way, the government must do its part, as must businesses, but individuals must also take responsibility for their own impacts, which, while seeming insignificant on a global perspective, establish patterns for all of their fellow citizens.
Increased Efficiency
green earthObviously, one thing you can do if you’re financially able is invest in upgrading to an altogether new car with a more efficient engine. But what if you’re personally attached to your car, as many people are? Perhaps you’re a sports car enthusiast or a mechanic who assembled his vehicle as a labor of love. If in spite of that you’re still concerned about your carbon footprint and environmental impact, you can apply both of these passions by upgrading your car’s engine or chassis to make the vehicle more efficient.
The default image one has of a muscle car owner may not be the image of an environmentalist, but interestingly, high-performance cars tend to have greater fuel efficiency because they are more aerodynamic. A commitment to improving one’s car in general goes hand in hand with improving its fuel efficiency. The right selection of Ford Mustang parts, for instance, can decrease drag and net you more miles per gallon than another vehicle with a similar Mustang engine housed in a less sleek design.
Eliminating Emissions
If one wishes to go much further and reduce their carbon emissions to zero, there are a number of companies that sell or install electric vehicle conversion kits, allowing you to turn the car you already own into one that runs independent of gasoline or carbon emissions. This sort of conversion is possible – subject to different specifications, skill levels and price tags – with just about any vehicle.  Thus, you can retain the older model sedan that you associate with your youth and your first experiences driving, or the classic Mustang parts that you’ve accumulated as you built your ideal car over the course of years, and in either case you can drastically reduce your impact on the environment.
An environmentalist utopia may ultimately be incompatible with the standard American lifestyle, including its obsession with personal mobility. But such lifestyles are by no means incompatible with efforts to transition to a greener society. It is possible to adapt what you already have for yourself to what you will want for the world at large. It just takes personal energy, investment and earnest commitment.
Now that you know about improving fuel efficiency, you may be interested in learning more about the Ford Mustang parts that can improve your car’s aerodynamics. Guest post written by CJ.

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