Sure, Motor Coach Industries' best-selling J4500 gets 5 to 9 mpg. (We know some SUVs that don't do much better!) And the highest mileage Hybrid car gets 60 to 66 mpg. But when you adjust the numbers to account for per-passenger fuel efficiency, the picture looks a little different:
|Hybrid Car||MCI Coach|
|Gallons of fuel needed to go 100 miles||1.58 (63 mpg)||15.40 (6.5 mpg)|
|Typical number of occupied sets||1||57|
|Per-passenger fuel consumption to travel 100 miles||1.58||.27|
|Per-passenger cost to go 100 miles
(assuming fully loaded vehicle, fuel price of $4 gallon)
That means, when it comes to fuel used per passenger, an MCI is 475% more fuel efficient than the hybrid car, and, when both vehicles are fully loaded, the MCI coach still leads the race by 44%!
And MCI coaches are also more efficient per passenger mile than planes and trains. Plus, they go everywhere people want to travel — to entertainment venues, the theatre, vacation destinations, even to work. So next time you see one person driving a Hybrid car in one lane, and 50 or so people lounging comfortably aboard an MCI coach in another, ask yourself, "Who's going greener?"
The answer might just surprise you.
More reasons to "Go Coach, Go Green" (SOURCE)