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Breaking 100mpg

Hits: 8038 | Rating: (1.8) | Category: Science | Added by: cobrakiller
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Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 1586 Posts
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 3:10:19 AM
hybrid? there are small diesels that get 120mpg

Male, 40-49, Europe
 12371 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
 12371 Posts
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 3:38:09 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
 928 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
 25161 Posts
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 11:46:14 AM
wow... now all they need to do is get rid of those stinkin batteries and then it will be awesome

Male, 18-29, Canada
 2495 Posts
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 11:08:34 AM
@dang007; hybrids still use liquid gasoline, so they do give you "miles per gallon"

Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 6975 Posts
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 9:55:20 AM
fwoggie2, because it was late last night and i just typed "car" into google images and grabbed the first 50X50 pixel image i could find. So, laziness I guess.

Male, 30-39, Europe
 1754 Posts
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 9:36:20 AM
Why is there a screen grab in the little icon of an Audi? :)

Male, 30-39, Southern US
 595 Posts
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 9:32:18 AM
>> plug-in hybrid that gets 100 mpg<<<

Really? Talking about mpg for a plug in anything is silly.

Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 17359 Posts
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 9:07:07 AM
...until the batteries catch fire, like on the Chevy Volt.

Male, 50-59, Western US
 34123 Posts
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 7:36:55 AM

Unlikely. Toyota is on their 3rd generation technology. They leased 2nd generation to Ford now suddenly Ford jumps ahead... unlikely.

Male, 30-39, Canada
 5753 Posts
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 7:34:09 AM
How can you break a barrier that's already been broken?

Through the magic of misleading advertising.

Male, 18-29, Western US
 266 Posts
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 7:26:35 AM
A car that gets 100mpg for the first few miles after being fully charged? Who would have thought?

Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 2752 Posts
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 7:00:13 AM
From the top of a mountain?

Male, 40-49, Europe
 12371 Posts
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 6:20:41 AM
How can you break a barrier that's already been broken?

Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 6975 Posts
Monday, January 09, 2012 3:40:19 PM
Link: Breaking 100mpg [Rate Link] - 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid breaks 100mpg barrier.

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