Have you ever noticed an Eco-poser? No malice intended, but we find it a bit surprising to see all these outdoor “enthusiasts” driving around with so many empty attachments on top of their cars, they look like a traveling circus!
Sure, you want to rock your style and show the world you’re an animal when it comes to riding, skiing, kayaking… But, and this is a big one, do these folks with everything but the kitchen sink on top of their cars realize how much they hurt the very environment where we all love to recreate? The mileage on the Monkey Mobile drops 20% when our storage box is on top. That’s fine when we’re actually USING IT!!! We challenge you to ask yourself how often your cargo box is empty on top of your car.
Let’s look at the numbers. The average American drives 15,000 miles per year, and the US fleet averages 19 miles per gallon. That’s 789 gallons of gas per person every year. But wait, it takes 2 gallons of oil to make a gallon of gas, so that means on average each of us is burning up 1,578 gallons of oil each year. That translates to nearly 8 tons of CO2!
With over 1 million aftermarket rack systems installed, we know we can do better. If every one of them was converted to SmartCrossbarsTM, even a 5% average savings from our super-aero shape could result in almost 79 million gallons of oil not being consumed in the US! At the same time, we could reduce CO2 emissions by 395 thousand tons!
And you’ll save yourself money in the process. At $3 per gallon, even a 5% improvement will save the average American $118 every year. If you’re sporting a cargo box, the SmartCrossbars™ quick release system allows you to remove and store it in seconds. Those few seconds could improve your mileage like ours, and a 20% boost will save you $473 this year. That means you’ll pay for your SmartCrossbarsTM in 9 months!
So, let’s change the look of a true outdoor enthusiast to an Eco-player. If you’re going to have a rack system on your car, make the choice to upgrade to SmartCrossbars™!