More than Just Fuel Efficiency
Michael Lewyn at Planetizen makes a very interesting point on his recent blog post — that perhaps new car innovations won’t be the best way to reduce transportation costs (at least for now). Lewyn states that awaiting “the technological miracle of fuel efficiency” may not be most effective, since the gas of price is likely to continue to rise. It seems that those who argue that more fuel-efficient cars will beget more affordable transportation are assuming that gas prices will remain steady through the years. (Lewyn aptly named his post “Waiting for a Miracle.”)
The Urban Land Institute picked up on this blog post to highlight the need for better land-use practices across this nation. After all, if living spaces are near work places and amenities (grocery stores, etc.), there will be less of a need for daily driving. Moreover, densely populated areas are likely to be close to public transportation, which will also help cut down on vehicle use (and provide more transportation choices for all people).
Are you convinced that more fuel-efficient vehicles are the key to cutting costs in the future? Or do we need something more?