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Old 05-18-2011, 06:49 PM   #1
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The worlds most fuel efficient car

The worlds most fuel efficient car
gets 285 MPG! It is not a projection, it is a fact. I am a fan of new technology, and this is a reality. I might buy a toy hauler 5er and use one of these to drive locally.
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This looks like a very nice engineering exercise but that's about it. I would suspect the optimum speed to be around 28 MPH and take 3 minutes to get it going that fast. Where do the groceries go when you and the wife make a trip to the store? Those molded carbon fiber seats look real comfy. And I'm sure it will get 285 MPG in all types of real world driving conditions. And I would estimate a MSRP of around $ 55,000.00 +

Like I said, a nice engineering exercise, but the devil is in the details.
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Old 05-18-2011, 07:47 PM   #3
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Here is a real world car that COULD be produced...
Fuel Economy over 100 miles per gallon - Avion

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I want a Class A that gets 40 mpg. Does anyone have one?
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I want a Class A that gets 40 mpg. Does anyone have one?
No, but I have a Jeep that from Melbourne, FL. to Jamestown, ND. only used less than 10 gallons of unleaded in 2,288 miles...'Squeaky' used a little more than that. Bob
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that looks like a good news. Have to drive it to really experience it!!!
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Old 05-19-2011, 05:42 AM   #7
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Some of the prototype cars we see sure are cool. Never see one on the highway though.

How about one of these that are actually available and we made it!

2011 Chevy Volt | Electric Car | Chevrolet

Can be towed on a dolly.
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Notice: If the vehicle is towed
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The vehicle can be towed from
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3. Put the shift lever in P (Park).
4. Set the parking brake and
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clamping device designed for
towing.
6. Secure the vehicle to the dolly.
7. Release the parking brake.
8. Check for adequate rear fascia
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My son has the Chevy Volt since early March. He is averaging 113 mpg.
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My son has the Chevy Volt since early March. He is averaging 113 mpg.
Outstanding Tom,
Any problems with cold weather driving? I see the gas engine starts in cold weather for heat and air conditioning for hot days. I wondered how they handled that.

How long before you stop making an obscene gesture as you pass gas stations
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For the Volt, he kept it in a garage so the only cold weather change was the battery capacity was about 30 miles instead of 40 miles.

Even with the engine on for AC and heat, he has used only 18.7 gallons of gas since early March.
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To the best of my knowledge (And I follow this kind of news) the Automotive X-Prize, which is for a car that gets 100 or more MPG, has yet to be awarded.

So bear that in mind when you read claims of tripple digit MPG.

The Aero-space X-Prize, for a reusable space ship that met specified conditions including the amount of the ship that could be re-cycled.. HAS been paid... You can hear an archive of the play by play of the 2nd trip if you google "The Space Show" or "Dr. Space"... Listen closely and you will hear a reference to me in the recording.
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From my son's OnStar report for his Chevy Volt:

Fuel Economy:114 mpg
Electric Consumption:41 kW-hr/100 miles









Electric Miles:

392


Gas Miles:

170


Total Miles:

561


Percentage on Electric:

70 %












Estimated CO2 Avoided:

328 lbs



Data is based on total miles driven since last email report.







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