Save Money With a Fuel-Efficient Car

Improved fuel economy saves you cash every time you fill your tank!

Fuel efficiency is an enormous financial consideration when buying a car. In fact, buying a car that is 10 miles per gallon more efficient in terms of fuel consumption than another option you may be interested in can save you as much as $10,000 over the time you own the car.

When shopping for your next car, one of your very first questions should be, “What kind of fuel economy does it get?” Gas prices are so unpredictable that it is essential that you prepare yourself for escalating prices by making fuel economy your number one priority – so you can make driving a not-so-guilty pleasure again!

Selecting a fuel-efficient car

  • Here’s an example from A vehicle that gets 30 MPG will cost you $610 less to fuel each year than one that gets 20 MPG (assuming 15,000 miles of driving annually and a fuel cost of $2.44). Over a period of five years, the 30-MPG vehicle will save you $3,050. Now that’s a good chunk of change!
  • There are also fuel cost and savings calculators that can be used to help you make an informed decision when buying your new fuel-efficient vehicle.

A good place to start is online at where you can review the mileage and emissions ratings of all the vehicles currently for sale.

Another good site is, which also carries the EPA mileage figures on the “Specs” page of each auto.

If you’re tired of emptying your wallet every time you fill up below is a list of cars that are rated the most fuel-efficient by Consumer Reports. These gas sippers listed below are also easy on the wallet.

  • Ford Fiesta SFE
  • Mitsubishi I-MIEV
  • Ford Focus Electric
  • Nissan Leaf
  • Chevrolet Volt
  • Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • Toyota Prius
  • Honda Civic HF
  • Hyundai Accent
  • Hyundai Veloster
  • Mazda 3

Driving a fuel-efficient vehicle not only will save you money on gas, but such a decision has other, broader benefits, too. It reduces oil dependence costs, reduces climate change and increases energy sustainability. Clearly, it’s a decision you can feel good about!

If you are ready to purchase that new fuel-efficient car, your local credit union offers affordable and competitive financing options on both new and used automobiles. Some credit unions will even give a discount for fuel-efficient cars, for vehicles with a 40-highway mpg rating or higher. So you will save on interest while you’re saving on gas.

Q: Name of the Alligator That Swallows Your Money? A: THE GAS PUMP

Well, somebody is doing something about it. Pepsi saves an average of 3.3 million Dollars on gasoline costs every year. So, my congratulations go to Pepsi for saving 15% fuel, using HHO Technology on their vehicles. They installed HHO converter kits on their fleet of over 200 trucks that drive an average of 200.000 miles per year. By doing that, this fortune 500 company reduces emissions helping to keep air clean at the same time.

The good news is that you can do what Pepsi is doing. You can now install an HHO kit (extracts hydrogen from water) on your own vehicle and save between 15 and 60% cash on fuel. Depending on how well tuned your car is.

The truth is that the use of hydrogen as a fuel for engines in transportation vehicles is nothing new. Indeed, there is a way to permanently save money at the pump. The solution is very simple, economical and environmentally friendly. Just install a hydrogen converter kit on your automobile or truck. Hydrogen generators (extract hydrogen from water) have been used to power vehicles for many years already. As we all know water is the most abundant element on the Earth’s surface. As a matter of fact two thirds of the earth’s surface is covered by water. Thanks to this fact the global temperatures stay at a level convenient for our survival. Furthermore water has many other uses that I won’t mention here due to the lack of space. Nevertheless, I will touch a little bit on one more function of water.

Since ancient times water was used as a means of transportation. First people navigated the ocean and the rivers using oar boats. Then during the eighteenth century Robert Fulton experimented with the energy produced by hot water or steam. He followed the writings of other inventors of Europe. Three names come to mind. Denis Papin is accredited with the construction of the first steam boat in the early years of the eighteen century. Then Jonathan Hulls, in 1737 patented in Great Britain a slightly different type of boat, also powered by water steam. Finally in France Comte d’Auxiron launched yet another steam boat in 1774.

Water steam was the energy that also moved vehicles by land. In 1769 a French military engineer named Nicolas Joseph Cugnot built the first steam tractor. This self-propelled vehicle served to transport artillery for the Army at a speed of 2 ½ miles per hour.

Finally water brings another contribution to the transportation industry; hydrogen. The chemical formula of water is H20 (one part hydrogen and two parts oxygen.) Apparently it is more practical to work with hydrogen than with steam because hydrogen gas is manufactured instantly when stimulated by battery direct current inside the engine compartment of the vehicle. So, Hydrogen Fuel Cars started being manufactured in 1807. That year came out the first ‘Rivaz car’ designed by Francois Isaac de Rivaz of Switzerland – and 1986 was the last year the hydrogen cars were produced and exhibited in the Vancouver Transportation EXPO. Musashi 7 was a small truck with a four-stroke turbo engine that runs with liquid hydrogen. Since then without apparent reason the hydrogen car was seen no more.

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