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Breaking 100mpg

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Hits: 8040 | Favorites: 1 | Emailed: 0 | Rating: 1.8 | Category: Science | Date: 01/10/2012
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Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 1595 Posts
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 3:10:19 AM
hybrid? there are small diesels that get 120mpg

Male, 40-49, Europe
 12390 Posts
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 3:49:51 PM
EVs, plug-in hybrids and range-extending hybrids are great on paper, but the tech just isn't there yet. Maybe in 10 years, but not right now.

There`s a prototype EV Mercedes knocking about. It`s comparable on paper with existing ICE Mercedes - a roomy, comfortable sports saloon - but accelerates harder at low speeds. They intend to put it into production.

Great, just the job, right?

The battery is 7 feet long and 3 feet wide, and that`s state of the art, no expense spared. Talking of expense - they`re not. It`s not going to be cheap, that`s for sure. And you`ll get maybe 200 miles from it as long as you drive carefully. Which makes the acceleration irrelevant. Put your foot down and you`ll be out of juice very quickly.

Or how about the Jaguar C-X75 hybrid? A brilliant idea, with mental amounts of power. 800hp, 1200ft-lbs torque and that`s without using the 2 turbines for motive power. Just the other 4 engines. And it can`t be built.

Male, 40-49, Europe
 12390 Posts
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 3:38:08 PM
So...say I've got a plug-in hybrid with an ICE that does 40mpg, a little electric motor good for up to 50mph and a battery that holds enough charge for 50 miles (if you don`t go over 50mph).

Day 1-5: Drive 10 miles to work, 10 miles back. All urban, don`t go over 50mph, so all on the electric. Recharge overnight (won`t take long for relatively little charge).

Day 6: Stuff to do in town, shopping and suchlike. 30 miles, all urban, all under 50mph, all on electric.

Day 7: Go somewhere else, doing 40 miles on the electric motor and 80 miles on the ICE.

So...I`ve used 2 gallons and travelled 250 miles. That`s 125mpg!

Except that it isn`t really.

But if that describes how you use a car, a plug-in hybrid does make sense. Or it would, if it wasn`t for the fact that they`re expensive to buy, expensive to run (battery replacement costs) and are only cheaper because of vast differences in taxation that only exist while EVs are very ra

Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 932 Posts
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 2:53:53 PM
Anything that only uses fuel part time is bound to get insane mpg but it's like bragging about how lazy you are at something. We are not impressed. When a full time fuel car can do the same I will be officially impressed by it. But using electric as a crutch to gain a good mpg is not impressive by any means.

I still will not buy ford anything. The mustang I owned made me never want another ford car and it is supposed to be their flagship in the car lineup. I have had great experiences with both chevy and plymouth cars and would buy either again in the future.

Male, 30-39, Australia
 25264 Posts
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 11:46:13 AM
wow... now all they need to do is get rid of those stinkin batteries and then it will be awesome

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