While driving I had an idea that very topic: increasing the mileage to enable it to reach 50 MPG by 2010 would be great. This would be much better than 35 MPG in 2020 as some think.
Seems like science fiction ? Not so, as the car I drive – A Citroën C2 – already gets 4.5 liters for 100 kilometers (more than 50 miles per gallon).
What if European car makers, like Renault, Citroën, Peugeot, Volkswagen and Fiat (to name but a few) licensed their most efficient cars to the Big Three which would manufacture and sell them on US soil ?
Of course, Ford, GM and Chrysler would still be able to propose some huge trucks and pick ups to the people who needs them for their jobs.
Everybody would win in such a deal: The Big Three would still sell cars manufactured in American to Americans and European auto makers would earn money by proposing their models to the US market.
Nonetheless, the Big Three could meet the demand of urbanites that are looking for smaller cars who can’t – or simply don’t want – to commute by carpooling or the public transportation networks.
It is perhaps a wild idea, but that was something I wanted to share with you as I guess it could enable to save thousands of jobs. It won’t be as good as putting all the cars to recycle and put all the people in buses and trains as some would like, but it is still is a possible solution.
What do you think about this ?
For your info, I added a table to convert MPG to liters for 100 kilometers, the measures we use in continental Europe:
Edit on December 10 to add those articles from TreeHugger: