Fuel Consumption Increases Due To Friction

Most drivers hope to secure car loans for vehicles that consume a minimal amount of fuel. Research reveals that friction is responsible for automobile fuel consumption of 33 percent or more. By reducing friction within cars, automakers improve the fuel economy of their vehicles, providing consumers with more bang for their buck.

The study, which was conducted by VTT Technical Research Center and Argonne National Laboratory, noted that it should be possible to decrease friction by as much as 80 percent in the next five years. This would result in an 18 percent or more decrease in fuel consumption for a typical car.

New developments within 15 to 25 years should result in a 61 percent improvement in vehicle efficiency.

There are 612 million vehicles on roadways worldwide, according to the study. Each year, the average driver travels approximately 13,000 kilometers. In the process, 340 liters of fuel are consumed just to overcome friction. This costs drivers over €510 in fuel annually.

The statistics go on to reveal that for a basic internal combustion engine, 33 percent of fuel consumed is attributed to exhaust, and 29 percent goes toward cooling.

Thirty-eight percent of the fuel consumed is put toward mechanical energy. As a result of friction, a large portion of this is lost. All this fuel waste is a cause for concern. Drivers can do something about this before additional friction-reducing technologies are implemented.

They can use their car finance to purchase an electric vehicle.

An electric motor has half the friction loss of a traditional internal combustion engine. Electric cars currently cost more than their conventional counterparts do but the price gap is steadily decreasing. Driving range is an ongoing concern with these vehicles but that is also improving as researchers uncover new technologies that use electricity more efficiently.