Six New Technologies Will Help Manufacturers Reach the 35 MPG Goal (Without Hybrids)

 

As the automakers scramble to make plans for achieving 35 MPG by 2020, it seems that our suspicions that the task is entirely possible without fancy hybrids or hydrogen cars has been confirmed. The manufacturers been achieving high mileage in Europe and Japan for years now, so I expect to see it in the US eventually. Luckily, there are six exciting new technologies that are going to make it possible in the US.

These technologies are interesting because they come without the paradigm shift that seems to accompany buying a hybrid or a small economy car. Cars equipped with this green tech will be just like any other car, just more efficient.

More on the six new engine technologies after the break.





  1. Multistage oil pump: Oil pumps usually only pump oil out through one port, meaning that under every circumstance the pump ends up doing about the same amount of work. Multistage oil pumps, like those that are beginning to be released with some Toyotas, use two oil ports, one small and one larger, to make sure that the amount of oil being pump is optimized based on the operating conditions of the engine. During low-stress operation, only the smallest pump will be used. As the engine is put through its paces, it will switch to the large port, and finally, if you’re really going all out, both ports will open up to allow maximum flow.
  2. Shortened cylinder head: In the past, cylinder heads have remained a certain height in order to keep the valves aligned in operation. While this presents and issue for shorter cylinder heads (which save weight), guides on the top of the valve springs can be used in conjunction with standard valve guides to ensure smooth operation. The weight difference might not be that dramatic, but at the very least, it will cut down on some materials usage.
  3. Variable compression ratio: Engines are more efficient at higher compression ratios, but that doesn’t mean it’s always best to be running at the highest compression ratio you can. With that in mind, several manufacturers have begun exploring variable compression ratio engines, where the connecting rod length can be changed using an actuator so that during low-load operation (like driving on the freeway) compression ratio is reduced and fuel economy improves dramatically.
  4. Guided-spray turbo: The most important thing here is not the turbo, but the method of creating the air-fuel mix in the combustion chamber. The injectors and chamber have been redesigned so that spark plugs are positioned to more efficiently ignite the fuel-air mix and pistons have also been redesigned to create a swirling in the chamber (something that’s been used since Honda since 1992 in fuel economy-conscious engines). Together, all these designs make for incredibly efficient combustion, resulting in impressive power output and comparably good fuel economy numbers.
  5. Electromagnetic valve actuators: In my opinion, this is probably one of the neatest new technologies out there. By using electromagnets to control the valve train, the camshaft and all its friction losses and rotating mass would be replaced with a system of almost no moving parts that can also precisely control valve timing and adjust it to run the most efficiently in any condition. While expensive, this change could bring up to a 19% improvement in fuel efficiency, and might very well be implemented down the road.
  6. Hydraulic power electrification: Car makers have already begun this switch-over, as it is one of the most common-sense, and easiest things to do. Beginning with the move from belted radiator fans to electric, car makers have started trying to reduce parasitic loads on the engine. Because electric versions of things like power steering and A/C are more efficient (and run when the engine isn’t on, which is necessary for full hybrids), we’re already starting to see these things popping up on Honda and Toyota hybrid models. Soon manufacturers will be moving even to electric water pumps, which are more efficient and precise.

So, do we at Gas 2.0 anticipate seeing these technologies any time soon, or are they just more pie in the sky stuff that the automakers like to trot out to “prove” they’re “doing something.” Well, several of these we have seen already, and with the automakers scrambling to make 35 MPG in a very unfriendly market, it seems like the cheapest way to do so will be to use some of these tricks rather than trying to upgrade everyone to hybrids. Hopefully we’ll begin seeing these technologies in run-of-the-mill engines sooner, rather than later.

Source: PopMech

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Benjamin Jones is a student of Dartmouth College and co-founder of EcoModder.com and writer at CollegeVegan.com. He is double majoring in Japanese and Linguistics, and is most interested in Sociolinguistics and Anthropology in Japan.

  • mokey

    i love america, struggling to 35mpg, my car does 50+ normally and if i drive gently goes to over 70. and they wonder why the world hates them, there is one surefire way to raise economy, take japans lead and impose a 2.5lt engine size limit, a seven liter V8 will never break 35mpg

  • mokey

    i love america, struggling to 35mpg, my car does 50+ normally and if i drive gently goes to over 70. and they wonder why the world hates them, there is one surefire way to raise economy, take japans lead and impose a 2.5lt engine size limit, a seven liter V8 will never break 35mpg

  • mokey

    i love america, struggling to 35mpg, my car does 50+ normally and if i drive gently goes to over 70. and they wonder why the world hates them, there is one surefire way to raise economy, take japans lead and impose a 2.5lt engine size limit, a seven liter V8 will never break 35mpg

  • PAz

    You say 35 MPG. That’s miles per gallon, right?

    Over here in England, our cars regularly go over 40 MPG. Perhaps if you Americans bought sensible cars, instead of needing a 5 MPG hummer to drive the kids to school, you’d actually get more use out of a single tank. Seriously, go buy something German.

  • PAz

    You say 35 MPG. That’s miles per gallon, right?

    Over here in England, our cars regularly go over 40 MPG. Perhaps if you Americans bought sensible cars, instead of needing a 5 MPG hummer to drive the kids to school, you’d actually get more use out of a single tank. Seriously, go buy something German.

  • PAz

    You say 35 MPG. That’s miles per gallon, right?

    Over here in England, our cars regularly go over 40 MPG. Perhaps if you Americans bought sensible cars, instead of needing a 5 MPG hummer to drive the kids to school, you’d actually get more use out of a single tank. Seriously, go buy something German.

  • solarboy

    I drive a VW diesel van here for my work and get 35mpg all the time, and that’s with me cruising at 90mph. Just goes to show why fuel HAS to get more expensive in the US. And you have a 55mph speed limit, why all those cubic inches.

  • solarboy

    I drive a VW diesel van here for my work and get 35mpg all the time, and that’s with me cruising at 90mph. Just goes to show why fuel HAS to get more expensive in the US. And you have a 55mph speed limit, why all those cubic inches.

  • solarboy

    I drive a VW diesel van here for my work and get 35mpg all the time, and that’s with me cruising at 90mph. Just goes to show why fuel HAS to get more expensive in the US. And you have a 55mph speed limit, why all those cubic inches.

  • People tend to think that the internal combustion engine is pretty much finished (in terms of technological advancement), but the drive to increase fuel economy is spurring some companies to go back to the drawing board.

  • People tend to think that the internal combustion engine is pretty much finished (in terms of technological advancement), but the drive to increase fuel economy is spurring some companies to go back to the drawing board.

  • People tend to think that the internal combustion engine is pretty much finished (in terms of technological advancement), but the drive to increase fuel economy is spurring some companies to go back to the drawing board.

  • Jimmy

    Gotta say, when i first saw the title saying “to reach 35mpg goal” I thought it had to be some sort of typo, 35mpg is nothing special in europe. Even in the faster cars its possible to get that. I know a guy with an XKR that can get that if he trys.

  • Jimmy

    Gotta say, when i first saw the title saying “to reach 35mpg goal” I thought it had to be some sort of typo, 35mpg is nothing special in europe. Even in the faster cars its possible to get that. I know a guy with an XKR that can get that if he trys.

  • Jimmy

    Gotta say, when i first saw the title saying “to reach 35mpg goal” I thought it had to be some sort of typo, 35mpg is nothing special in europe. Even in the faster cars its possible to get that. I know a guy with an XKR that can get that if he trys.

  • Bob

    I totally agree that we Americans should make the move to smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles.

    I like the idea of any technology that can make a gasoline engine more fuel efficient. The big question that would remain for me is why not do those things AND couple them with a hybrid? If the gas engine improves to 35/40 mpg on its own, and you add a hybrid to it, you’re going to end up with even better mileage.

    Also, another thing we need to do in this country is stop advertising cars based on “speed” or “performance.” You don’t need a car to do that stuff. You need a car to get from A to B and back again without killing you or the planet.

    Besides, smaller cars are more fun to drive anyway. The only reason to have a big car in this country is because everybody else does so you need a taller bumper to protect yourself form all the other idiots on the road. As for high-performance cars, they’re really appealing in every way except for normal use.

  • Bob

    I totally agree that we Americans should make the move to smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles.

    I like the idea of any technology that can make a gasoline engine more fuel efficient. The big question that would remain for me is why not do those things AND couple them with a hybrid? If the gas engine improves to 35/40 mpg on its own, and you add a hybrid to it, you’re going to end up with even better mileage.

    Also, another thing we need to do in this country is stop advertising cars based on “speed” or “performance.” You don’t need a car to do that stuff. You need a car to get from A to B and back again without killing you or the planet.

    Besides, smaller cars are more fun to drive anyway. The only reason to have a big car in this country is because everybody else does so you need a taller bumper to protect yourself form all the other idiots on the road. As for high-performance cars, they’re really appealing in every way except for normal use.

  • Bob

    I totally agree that we Americans should make the move to smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles.

    I like the idea of any technology that can make a gasoline engine more fuel efficient. The big question that would remain for me is why not do those things AND couple them with a hybrid? If the gas engine improves to 35/40 mpg on its own, and you add a hybrid to it, you’re going to end up with even better mileage.

    Also, another thing we need to do in this country is stop advertising cars based on “speed” or “performance.” You don’t need a car to do that stuff. You need a car to get from A to B and back again without killing you or the planet.

    Besides, smaller cars are more fun to drive anyway. The only reason to have a big car in this country is because everybody else does so you need a taller bumper to protect yourself form all the other idiots on the road. As for high-performance cars, they’re really appealing in every way except for normal use.

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  • theRx

    I’m driving a 94 Ford Escort. It gets up to 38 MPG. Does this mean that the US car companies have LOST technology?

  • theRx

    I’m driving a 94 Ford Escort. It gets up to 38 MPG. Does this mean that the US car companies have LOST technology?

  • theRx

    I’m driving a 94 Ford Escort. It gets up to 38 MPG. Does this mean that the US car companies have LOST technology?

  • Dennis

    This is a horribly dumb article.

    “Without hybrids?” 35 MPG? I live in America and have had 35+ MPG for the last 10 years, and I DON’T drive a hybrid. I just don’t drive an SUV, I drive a small 4-door compact that wasn’t built by an American company. The “I don’t trust it” line is getting old, inregards to hybrids and high feul economy,CHINA has better fuel economy than we do- CHINA. If you want 35 MPG- don’t buy an American car- there’s a reason why no one else in the world wants to drive them.

  • Dennis

    This is a horribly dumb article.

    “Without hybrids?” 35 MPG? I live in America and have had 35+ MPG for the last 10 years, and I DON’T drive a hybrid. I just don’t drive an SUV, I drive a small 4-door compact that wasn’t built by an American company. The “I don’t trust it” line is getting old, inregards to hybrids and high feul economy,CHINA has better fuel economy than we do- CHINA. If you want 35 MPG- don’t buy an American car- there’s a reason why no one else in the world wants to drive them.

  • Dennis

    This is a horribly dumb article.

    “Without hybrids?” 35 MPG? I live in America and have had 35+ MPG for the last 10 years, and I DON’T drive a hybrid. I just don’t drive an SUV, I drive a small 4-door compact that wasn’t built by an American company. The “I don’t trust it” line is getting old, inregards to hybrids and high feul economy,CHINA has better fuel economy than we do- CHINA. If you want 35 MPG- don’t buy an American car- there’s a reason why no one else in the world wants to drive them.

  • Valeo is developing quite a few technologies aimed at precisely what is described in this article.

  • Valeo is developing quite a few technologies aimed at precisely what is described in this article.

  • Valeo is developing quite a few technologies aimed at precisely what is described in this article.

  • Joe Black

    I know it’s sad. I have driving my big car because it uses so much gas but I want to be safe from the other morons that are called “good drivers”.

    Also it’s whenever I see ads on the tv from the big three strutting their 35 mpg or better. We are just so far behind it’s really sad.

    Yup imports rock!

  • Joe Black

    I know it’s sad. I have driving my big car because it uses so much gas but I want to be safe from the other morons that are called “good drivers”.

    Also it’s whenever I see ads on the tv from the big three strutting their 35 mpg or better. We are just so far behind it’s really sad.

    Yup imports rock!

  • colinnwn

    “low-load operation (like driving on the freeway) compression ratio is reduced and fuel economy improves dramatically.”

    I’m pretty sure compression ratio always increases fuel efficiency and power output. The only reason higher compression ratios aren’t always used is because preignition occurs and can ruin power and damage the engine. I bet they meant high compression can be used at low loads when preignition is less likely to occur and low compression can be used at high loads to protect the engine.

    A very interesting aspect of electromagnetic valves is you can eliminate the starter as with computer control the engine can start itself.

    Direct fuel injection should have been included on here, where you inject fuel directly into the cylinder and not into the intake tract. Is can assist in lean burn operation, and preignition resistance when used in conjunction with electromagnetic valves.

  • colinnwn

    “low-load operation (like driving on the freeway) compression ratio is reduced and fuel economy improves dramatically.”

    I’m pretty sure compression ratio always increases fuel efficiency and power output. The only reason higher compression ratios aren’t always used is because preignition occurs and can ruin power and damage the engine. I bet they meant high compression can be used at low loads when preignition is less likely to occur and low compression can be used at high loads to protect the engine.

    A very interesting aspect of electromagnetic valves is you can eliminate the starter as with computer control the engine can start itself.

    Direct fuel injection should have been included on here, where you inject fuel directly into the cylinder and not into the intake tract. Is can assist in lean burn operation, and preignition resistance when used in conjunction with electromagnetic valves.

  • keith

    for the limey who says “our cars regularly go over 40 MPG” You use IMPERIAL GALLONS which equal 1.2 US gallons. hence 40mpg in england = 33.3mpg in the US. What’s so great about that? Diesel Volkswagen rabbits have been over 40mpg for 30years. The trick is to do it with a gasoline powered engine because the environmental whacko’s in Kalifornia have a severe distaste for diesels. Why this is I don’t know, but it’s silly.

    I don’t know if you noticed, but the average American is about 4″-5″ inches (10cm-13cm for you metric folks)taller than the average Japanese citizen. Not to mention they probably outweigh them by an average of 40lbs (18Kg).

    We have plenty of cars that can get 35mpg, What this article discusses is the CAFE standard which means that the manufacturers AVERAGE mpg of ALL cars sold has to be 35mpg. There is a huge difference.

  • keith

    for the limey who says “our cars regularly go over 40 MPG” You use IMPERIAL GALLONS which equal 1.2 US gallons. hence 40mpg in england = 33.3mpg in the US. What’s so great about that? Diesel Volkswagen rabbits have been over 40mpg for 30years. The trick is to do it with a gasoline powered engine because the environmental whacko’s in Kalifornia have a severe distaste for diesels. Why this is I don’t know, but it’s silly.

    I don’t know if you noticed, but the average American is about 4″-5″ inches (10cm-13cm for you metric folks)taller than the average Japanese citizen. Not to mention they probably outweigh them by an average of 40lbs (18Kg).

    We have plenty of cars that can get 35mpg, What this article discusses is the CAFE standard which means that the manufacturers AVERAGE mpg of ALL cars sold has to be 35mpg. There is a huge difference.

  • keith

    for the limey who says “our cars regularly go over 40 MPG” You use IMPERIAL GALLONS which equal 1.2 US gallons. hence 40mpg in england = 33.3mpg in the US. What’s so great about that? Diesel Volkswagen rabbits have been over 40mpg for 30years. The trick is to do it with a gasoline powered engine because the environmental whacko’s in Kalifornia have a severe distaste for diesels. Why this is I don’t know, but it’s silly.

    I don’t know if you noticed, but the average American is about 4″-5″ inches (10cm-13cm for you metric folks)taller than the average Japanese citizen. Not to mention they probably outweigh them by an average of 40lbs (18Kg).

    We have plenty of cars that can get 35mpg, What this article discusses is the CAFE standard which means that the manufacturers AVERAGE mpg of ALL cars sold has to be 35mpg. There is a huge difference.

  • tcp

    “””Also, another thing we need to do in this country is stop advertising cars based on “speed” or “performance.” You don’t need a car to do that stuff. “””

    See, one of the wonderful things about the US if freedom. I personally enjoy high-performance cars and I drive one on a daily basis. Just because YOU don’t value it doesn’t mean that some of us can’t or shouldn’t. I’m all for finding more fuel efficient ways of doing things — and believe me, I want a Tesla Roadster like nothing else… but don’t, for one instant lecture me about what I can and can’t do — attitudes like that aren’t respectful and will not accomplish any pro-environmental goal…in fact, just the opposite.

  • tcp

    “””Also, another thing we need to do in this country is stop advertising cars based on “speed” or “performance.” You don’t need a car to do that stuff. “””

    See, one of the wonderful things about the US if freedom. I personally enjoy high-performance cars and I drive one on a daily basis. Just because YOU don’t value it doesn’t mean that some of us can’t or shouldn’t. I’m all for finding more fuel efficient ways of doing things — and believe me, I want a Tesla Roadster like nothing else… but don’t, for one instant lecture me about what I can and can’t do — attitudes like that aren’t respectful and will not accomplish any pro-environmental goal…in fact, just the opposite.

  • tcp

    “””Also, another thing we need to do in this country is stop advertising cars based on “speed” or “performance.” You don’t need a car to do that stuff. “””

    See, one of the wonderful things about the US if freedom. I personally enjoy high-performance cars and I drive one on a daily basis. Just because YOU don’t value it doesn’t mean that some of us can’t or shouldn’t. I’m all for finding more fuel efficient ways of doing things — and believe me, I want a Tesla Roadster like nothing else… but don’t, for one instant lecture me about what I can and can’t do — attitudes like that aren’t respectful and will not accomplish any pro-environmental goal…in fact, just the opposite.

  • Thomas

    I just love some of the commentary here. It’s interesting to see some of you going from fuel efficient vehicles to hating the United States in the same sentence. Off topic much?

    “Fuel Efficient vehicles, new valve trains, multistage oil pumps. . FSCK THOSE DIRTY AMERICANS!!!11”

    Grow up or get a life, or both. . whichever is applicable.

  • Thomas

    I just love some of the commentary here. It’s interesting to see some of you going from fuel efficient vehicles to hating the United States in the same sentence. Off topic much?

    “Fuel Efficient vehicles, new valve trains, multistage oil pumps. . FSCK THOSE DIRTY AMERICANS!!!11”

    Grow up or get a life, or both. . whichever is applicable.

  • Thomas

    I just love some of the commentary here. It’s interesting to see some of you going from fuel efficient vehicles to hating the United States in the same sentence. Off topic much?

    “Fuel Efficient vehicles, new valve trains, multistage oil pumps. . FSCK THOSE DIRTY AMERICANS!!!11”

    Grow up or get a life, or both. . whichever is applicable.

  • Garret

    One thing many of you in the UK are overlooking is that an American gallon is smaller than a European Gallon. So 35mpg US is closer to 44mpg in the UK. Another thing to consider is that they want this to be the average, not just a goal for small vehicles, but small, medium, and large, so smaller cars will obviously have to be even more efficient than 35mpg to make up for the larger vehicles. (btw, 35mpg is about 6.2litres/100km). I’m Canadian though so I perfer using the metric system.

    My 07 Sentra averages about 6.3litres/100km (34-35mpg) with about 70% HWY driving and 30% city. I generally travel at 115km/72mph on the highway as well, as that is the medium speed during those times, flow of traffic and all that. However, while traveling around 90kmh (about 55mph?), I get between 4.9-5.1 l/100km, (47-48mpg us) while at 115km/h it is closer to 5.8 (37/38). Perhaps not as efficient as a small 1.6litre diesel, but still not that bad, considering my 07 Sentra is not a tiny vehicle.

    I once drove on HWY 7 for 450km, which is a 80km/h highway. After 454.5 km of driving at 87km/h average I used about 23.3 litres. Once again, not as great some European vehicles with diesel engines, but still not too bad.

    Personally, I think the best thing right now is

    1. Develop engines that are easy to turn off and on at long lights/ in drive throw lanes.

    2. Make the vehicles lighter, I love my 07 Sentra, but it’s pretty heavy compared to it’s predecessors, and I know Nissan has already promised to cut weight by 10-15% avg for example.

    3. Bring over more diesels, and replace the big heavy engines with turbo diesels. Why does a glorified station wagon need a v8 anyways? (dodge magnum).

    4. Teach people that they don’t need to push the gas pedal down all the way to get up to speed all the time. I usually keep my rpm below 2k (cvt transmission). Also being able to drive at the speed limit would be helpful. Unfortunately half the time the everyone in the slow lane is going 110km+

  • Garret

    One thing many of you in the UK are overlooking is that an American gallon is smaller than a European Gallon. So 35mpg US is closer to 44mpg in the UK. Another thing to consider is that they want this to be the average, not just a goal for small vehicles, but small, medium, and large, so smaller cars will obviously have to be even more efficient than 35mpg to make up for the larger vehicles. (btw, 35mpg is about 6.2litres/100km). I’m Canadian though so I perfer using the metric system.

    My 07 Sentra averages about 6.3litres/100km (34-35mpg) with about 70% HWY driving and 30% city. I generally travel at 115km/72mph on the highway as well, as that is the medium speed during those times, flow of traffic and all that. However, while traveling around 90kmh (about 55mph?), I get between 4.9-5.1 l/100km, (47-48mpg us) while at 115km/h it is closer to 5.8 (37/38). Perhaps not as efficient as a small 1.6litre diesel, but still not that bad, considering my 07 Sentra is not a tiny vehicle.

    I once drove on HWY 7 for 450km, which is a 80km/h highway. After 454.5 km of driving at 87km/h average I used about 23.3 litres. Once again, not as great some European vehicles with diesel engines, but still not too bad.

    Personally, I think the best thing right now is

    1. Develop engines that are easy to turn off and on at long lights/ in drive throw lanes.

    2. Make the vehicles lighter, I love my 07 Sentra, but it’s pretty heavy compared to it’s predecessors, and I know Nissan has already promised to cut weight by 10-15% avg for example.

    3. Bring over more diesels, and replace the big heavy engines with turbo diesels. Why does a glorified station wagon need a v8 anyways? (dodge magnum).

    4. Teach people that they don’t need to push the gas pedal down all the way to get up to speed all the time. I usually keep my rpm below 2k (cvt transmission). Also being able to drive at the speed limit would be helpful. Unfortunately half the time the everyone in the slow lane is going 110km+

  • Garret

    One thing many of you in the UK are overlooking is that an American gallon is smaller than a European Gallon. So 35mpg US is closer to 44mpg in the UK. Another thing to consider is that they want this to be the average, not just a goal for small vehicles, but small, medium, and large, so smaller cars will obviously have to be even more efficient than 35mpg to make up for the larger vehicles. (btw, 35mpg is about 6.2litres/100km). I’m Canadian though so I perfer using the metric system.

    My 07 Sentra averages about 6.3litres/100km (34-35mpg) with about 70% HWY driving and 30% city. I generally travel at 115km/72mph on the highway as well, as that is the medium speed during those times, flow of traffic and all that. However, while traveling around 90kmh (about 55mph?), I get between 4.9-5.1 l/100km, (47-48mpg us) while at 115km/h it is closer to 5.8 (37/38). Perhaps not as efficient as a small 1.6litre diesel, but still not that bad, considering my 07 Sentra is not a tiny vehicle.

    I once drove on HWY 7 for 450km, which is a 80km/h highway. After 454.5 km of driving at 87km/h average I used about 23.3 litres. Once again, not as great some European vehicles with diesel engines, but still not too bad.

    Personally, I think the best thing right now is

    1. Develop engines that are easy to turn off and on at long lights/ in drive throw lanes.

    2. Make the vehicles lighter, I love my 07 Sentra, but it’s pretty heavy compared to it’s predecessors, and I know Nissan has already promised to cut weight by 10-15% avg for example.

    3. Bring over more diesels, and replace the big heavy engines with turbo diesels. Why does a glorified station wagon need a v8 anyways? (dodge magnum).

    4. Teach people that they don’t need to push the gas pedal down all the way to get up to speed all the time. I usually keep my rpm below 2k (cvt transmission). Also being able to drive at the speed limit would be helpful. Unfortunately half the time the everyone in the slow lane is going 110km+

  • Dan

    If the laws of every state in the US, Canada and Mexico restrict speed to below 110km/h (70mph), don’t even start about your need for “freedom” to go faster than 140 (90mph).

    A gasoline engine can easily pull 70-80mph if it’s designed correctly. Any engineer with half a brain willing to incorporate what we know can easily figure it out. People these days just don’t see beyond one step in one direction at a time.

    I still think electric is the more correct system to use, and so I advocate designs similar to the Tesla Roadster.

  • Dan

    If the laws of every state in the US, Canada and Mexico restrict speed to below 110km/h (70mph), don’t even start about your need for “freedom” to go faster than 140 (90mph).

    A gasoline engine can easily pull 70-80mph if it’s designed correctly. Any engineer with half a brain willing to incorporate what we know can easily figure it out. People these days just don’t see beyond one step in one direction at a time.

    I still think electric is the more correct system to use, and so I advocate designs similar to the Tesla Roadster.

  • Dan

    If the laws of every state in the US, Canada and Mexico restrict speed to below 110km/h (70mph), don’t even start about your need for “freedom” to go faster than 140 (90mph).

    A gasoline engine can easily pull 70-80mph if it’s designed correctly. Any engineer with half a brain willing to incorporate what we know can easily figure it out. People these days just don’t see beyond one step in one direction at a time.

    I still think electric is the more correct system to use, and so I advocate designs similar to the Tesla Roadster.

  • Ralph

    People in the US think driving is like an arms race. Bigger is better in case someone hits you. My sister-in-law went from a Chrysler La Baron to a Dodge Dakota truck using that same train of thought.

  • Ralph

    People in the US think driving is like an arms race. Bigger is better in case someone hits you. My sister-in-law went from a Chrysler La Baron to a Dodge Dakota truck using that same train of thought.

  • Bob

    The auto makers are to blame for pushing bigger and bigger engines in the US market. This was of course prompted by our artificially low gas prices. Car makers claim that they are just responding to demand, while ignoring the billions they pour into advertising, most of which is centered around horsepower.

    My 1989 Honda CRX HF got 40+ MPG, mostly city, but only had 60 or so HP. Didn’t bother me, but apparently they couldn’t sell that anymore. However, I felt I was destined to become a splatter in the grill of a suburban assault vehicle, and so I compromised on a VW Passat. Safe, but with a 1.8L turbo driven engine, if I drive like an old lady, I get close to 30 MPG.

  • Bob

    The auto makers are to blame for pushing bigger and bigger engines in the US market. This was of course prompted by our artificially low gas prices. Car makers claim that they are just responding to demand, while ignoring the billions they pour into advertising, most of which is centered around horsepower.

    My 1989 Honda CRX HF got 40+ MPG, mostly city, but only had 60 or so HP. Didn’t bother me, but apparently they couldn’t sell that anymore. However, I felt I was destined to become a splatter in the grill of a suburban assault vehicle, and so I compromised on a VW Passat. Safe, but with a 1.8L turbo driven engine, if I drive like an old lady, I get close to 30 MPG.

  • Bob

    The auto makers are to blame for pushing bigger and bigger engines in the US market. This was of course prompted by our artificially low gas prices. Car makers claim that they are just responding to demand, while ignoring the billions they pour into advertising, most of which is centered around horsepower.

    My 1989 Honda CRX HF got 40+ MPG, mostly city, but only had 60 or so HP. Didn’t bother me, but apparently they couldn’t sell that anymore. However, I felt I was destined to become a splatter in the grill of a suburban assault vehicle, and so I compromised on a VW Passat. Safe, but with a 1.8L turbo driven engine, if I drive like an old lady, I get close to 30 MPG.

  • Bob

    Also, you didn’t mention ultra-light vehicle. Rocky Mountain Institute and Fiber Forge have a concept “Hypercar” that is built out of Carbon Fiber. Safer than a steel framed vehicle, it gets magnificent (if only theoretical) mileage, by virtue of wasting less fuel energy moving car and more moving passengers.

  • Bob

    Also, you didn’t mention ultra-light vehicle. Rocky Mountain Institute and Fiber Forge have a concept “Hypercar” that is built out of Carbon Fiber. Safer than a steel framed vehicle, it gets magnificent (if only theoretical) mileage, by virtue of wasting less fuel energy moving car and more moving passengers.

  • Bob

    Also, you didn’t mention ultra-light vehicle. Rocky Mountain Institute and Fiber Forge have a concept “Hypercar” that is built out of Carbon Fiber. Safer than a steel framed vehicle, it gets magnificent (if only theoretical) mileage, by virtue of wasting less fuel energy moving car and more moving passengers.

  • Gianmarco Cacciamatta

    Um, new relative to the States.

    My 2003 Volvo S60 AWD 2.5T averages 25-30 MPG in the city while in manual can reach 30-40 at 5-10 over the limit here in Colorado. At sea level I have no problem keeping my MPG averages above 35.

    However, when I feel like cutting lose I’m lucky to keep 20 MPG.

    In auto: (~)

    60 MPH : 40 MPG

    75 MPH : 35 MPG

    80 MPH : 25-30 MPG

    +90 MPH : 20 – 25 MPG

    My advice is don’t buy american cars which haven’t delivered on their promises since the 1970s and learn how to milk your auto or keep it in Manual.

    If you want a truck, buy american, if you want a car do your homework and save some $$.

  • Gianmarco Cacciamatta

    Um, new relative to the States.

    My 2003 Volvo S60 AWD 2.5T averages 25-30 MPG in the city while in manual can reach 30-40 at 5-10 over the limit here in Colorado. At sea level I have no problem keeping my MPG averages above 35.

    However, when I feel like cutting lose I’m lucky to keep 20 MPG.

    In auto: (~)

    60 MPH : 40 MPG

    75 MPH : 35 MPG

    80 MPH : 25-30 MPG

    +90 MPH : 20 – 25 MPG

    My advice is don’t buy american cars which haven’t delivered on their promises since the 1970s and learn how to milk your auto or keep it in Manual.

    If you want a truck, buy american, if you want a car do your homework and save some $$.

  • Dr. Spock

    Milage is the easy part, getting the emissions in check is the hard part. If it where not for all the emission add-ons to reduce toxic emissions MPG ratings would be higher.

    In short you produce nearly the same exhaust output. You either burn more fuel to produce cleaner emissions or you burn less fuel for dirtier emissions. Either way the MPG to emission ratio is the same!

  • Dr. Spock

    Milage is the easy part, getting the emissions in check is the hard part. If it where not for all the emission add-ons to reduce toxic emissions MPG ratings would be higher.

    In short you produce nearly the same exhaust output. You either burn more fuel to produce cleaner emissions or you burn less fuel for dirtier emissions. Either way the MPG to emission ratio is the same!

  • Dr. Spock

    Milage is the easy part, getting the emissions in check is the hard part. If it where not for all the emission add-ons to reduce toxic emissions MPG ratings would be higher.

    In short you produce nearly the same exhaust output. You either burn more fuel to produce cleaner emissions or you burn less fuel for dirtier emissions. Either way the MPG to emission ratio is the same!

  • Shawn

    We Americans like our safety more than our fuel economy. There have been some safety advantages that have been made that cause our cars to be heavier air bags, crumple zones, safer materials, etc…

    There was an article on digg a while ago that talked about this and an ’85 civic that got 70+ MPG or something rediculous, but every accident was basically fatal.

    That said there are a lot of choices made by the automobile industry balancing power with safety and efficiency. They consider the cost of new technologies and the litigious nature of the American people.

    /shrug

  • Shawn

    We Americans like our safety more than our fuel economy. There have been some safety advantages that have been made that cause our cars to be heavier air bags, crumple zones, safer materials, etc…

    There was an article on digg a while ago that talked about this and an ’85 civic that got 70+ MPG or something rediculous, but every accident was basically fatal.

    That said there are a lot of choices made by the automobile industry balancing power with safety and efficiency. They consider the cost of new technologies and the litigious nature of the American people.

    /shrug

  • Neil

    wow, it’s not like my 1998 Mazda 626 regularly hits 36 miles a gallon. . . . .Chalk this up to stupidity; people driving their cars like they’re on their way to the hospital. If we were really concerned with gas shortages (ha, yeah right), then we would’ve already mandated the closure of NASCAR.

  • Neil

    wow, it’s not like my 1998 Mazda 626 regularly hits 36 miles a gallon. . . . .Chalk this up to stupidity; people driving their cars like they’re on their way to the hospital. If we were really concerned with gas shortages (ha, yeah right), then we would’ve already mandated the closure of NASCAR.

  • Neil

    wow, it’s not like my 1998 Mazda 626 regularly hits 36 miles a gallon. . . . .Chalk this up to stupidity; people driving their cars like they’re on their way to the hospital. If we were really concerned with gas shortages (ha, yeah right), then we would’ve already mandated the closure of NASCAR.

  • I think that we have let big business, led by the “FED” run this country for 95 years and they are destroying us in every way. From the middle 60’s to the middle 80’s I drove Renault Dauphines and R-10’s at 37 to 45 mpg. They were very comfortable and relatively crashworthy, if that is one’s thing (low on my priority list). Too many people are making too much money from oil and interest on the national debt to let common sense rule. Businessmen have no business in the government.., or shouldn’t have, anyway.

  • I think that we have let big business, led by the “FED” run this country for 95 years and they are destroying us in every way. From the middle 60’s to the middle 80’s I drove Renault Dauphines and R-10’s at 37 to 45 mpg. They were very comfortable and relatively crashworthy, if that is one’s thing (low on my priority list). Too many people are making too much money from oil and interest on the national debt to let common sense rule. Businessmen have no business in the government.., or shouldn’t have, anyway.

  • state government’s despise die

    in the u.s. we are not allowed to buy diesel vehicles. i drive a 97 mazda mpv because it is 4wd and i need it to get my family around in the winter in northern washington. there is a diesel option in other countries that gets about 10 mpg better but we were not allowed that option by the smog nazis in washington oregon and california. my dream vehicle would be the mitsubishi delica, a 4wd van with diesel enging that get s around 30 mpg. sadly we are not the home of the brave and the land of the free, more like the land of the fee and home of the slave.

  • I think that we have let big business, led by the “FED” run this country for 95 years and they are destroying us in every way. From the middle 60’s to the middle 80’s I drove Renault Dauphines and R-10’s at 37 to 45 mpg. They were very comfortable and relatively crashworthy, if that is one’s thing (low on my priority list). Too many people are making too much money from oil and interest on the national debt to let common sense rule. Businessmen have no business in the government.., or shouldn’t have, anyway.

  • state government’s despise diesel

    in the u.s. we are not allowed to buy diesel vehicles. i drive a 97 mazda mpv because it is 4wd and i need it to get my family around in the winter in northern washington. there is a diesel option in other countries that gets about 10 mpg better but we were not allowed that option by the smog nazis in washington oregon and california. my dream vehicle would be the mitsubishi delica, a 4wd van with diesel enging that get s around 30 mpg. sadly we are not the home of the brave and the land of the free, more like the land of the fee and home of the slave.

  • It is incredible to, that all these things are FAR from new, and could have been done, in the decency, if nothing else. I am so disgusted with where Capitalism is headed, I can barely stand it. I know we are better off than most countries, but I’ll be damned if I can see where Business is ever gonna help the average to poor people…..

    It’s gotten Sick…..

    Michael Sartor Sr

  • Nick

    35 mpg is doable now, but that goal is for the average of all cars large and small. Automakers could just sell more 4 cylinder engines to meet the goal with existing technology.

    I’d like to see more development of generating electricity from wasted heat instead of useful torque.

  • Nick

    35 mpg is doable now, but that goal is for the average of all cars large and small. Automakers could just sell more 4 cylinder engines to meet the goal with existing technology.

    I’d like to see more development of generating electricity from wasted heat instead of useful torque.

  • Nick

    35 mpg is doable now, but that goal is for the average of all cars large and small. Automakers could just sell more 4 cylinder engines to meet the goal with existing technology.

    I’d like to see more development of generating electricity from wasted heat instead of useful torque.

  • What makes me sick is that of all this new truth, about what can be done to the ICE.(motor), nobody ever bothered to do any of it…. In some cases we are talking about making the cars cheaper to build!!!!!!! Thats how far awry our capitalism has gone.. But I can’t get anyone to say so, with me, even when I can see that they believe me…

    Pretty sad statement for humanity in general. No wonder the Vulcans won’t stop here….

    Mike SArtor Sr

  • Brandon

    Keith THANK YOU!! Finally someone put some sense in the nonsense.

    If you follow this link…

    http://www.fueleconomy.gov/FEG/bestworst.shtml

    It’s great that most of the top cars are Japaneese and the bottom are euro cars (there are some exceptions).

    If you look at the trucks there are several American’s on the list.

    http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/bestworstEPAtrucks.htm

    The Euro cars that really do what I would consider significantly better in the fuel mileage category are usually diesel, we don’t have diesel everywhere here as in other places so it hasn’t been so well received, also emissions on diesels are tough to get passed.

    All and all I do get tired of the American bashing, sheesh I’d drive a VW, BMW, etc it doesn’t bother me but I hate all of the bashing.

  • Brandon

    Keith THANK YOU!! Finally someone put some sense in the nonsense.

    If you follow this link…

    http://www.fueleconomy.gov/FEG/bestworst.shtml

    It’s great that most of the top cars are Japaneese and the bottom are euro cars (there are some exceptions).

    If you look at the trucks there are several American’s on the list.

    http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/bestworstEPAtrucks.htm

    The Euro cars that really do what I would consider significantly better in the fuel mileage category are usually diesel, we don’t have diesel everywhere here as in other places so it hasn’t been so well received, also emissions on diesels are tough to get passed.

    All and all I do get tired of the American bashing, sheesh I’d drive a VW, BMW, etc it doesn’t bother me but I hate all of the bashing.

  • Brandon

    Keith THANK YOU!! Finally someone put some sense in the nonsense.

    If you follow this link…

    http://www.fueleconomy.gov/FEG/bestworst.shtml

    It’s great that most of the top cars are Japaneese and the bottom are euro cars (there are some exceptions).

    If you look at the trucks there are several American’s on the list.

    http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/bestworstEPAtrucks.htm

    The Euro cars that really do what I would consider significantly better in the fuel mileage category are usually diesel, we don’t have diesel everywhere here as in other places so it hasn’t been so well received, also emissions on diesels are tough to get passed.

    All and all I do get tired of the American bashing, sheesh I’d drive a VW, BMW, etc it doesn’t bother me but I hate all of the bashing.

  • Tom

    The problem here in the States is that car manufacturers, be it American or foreign, know “best” what consumers want. Even if I wanted to, I cannot get a safe car (5 star crash rating all around) with great gas milage. I would love to get a VW Sharan or Touran with a clean TDI, or an A class Mercedes but they will not sell it here.

  • Tom

    The problem here in the States is that car manufacturers, be it American or foreign, know “best” what consumers want. Even if I wanted to, I cannot get a safe car (5 star crash rating all around) with great gas milage. I would love to get a VW Sharan or Touran with a clean TDI, or an A class Mercedes but they will not sell it here.

  • Tom

    The problem here in the States is that car manufacturers, be it American or foreign, know “best” what consumers want. Even if I wanted to, I cannot get a safe car (5 star crash rating all around) with great gas milage. I would love to get a VW Sharan or Touran with a clean TDI, or an A class Mercedes but they will not sell it here.

  • Jaketastic

    For all those saying that americans should just stop driving large cars and drive start driving smaller ones, dont compare the US to Europe. What do I mean? Well, a big car is great when driving 6+ hours just for a weekend get-away. Also ever been in NY during rush hours? I need that extra cab room my escalade offers, or Id lose my head. Many people in the US commute 3+ hours each day to get to work. Why not be comfortable? And still get 35 mpg?

    I say lets do it.

  • Jaketastic

    For all those saying that americans should just stop driving large cars and drive start driving smaller ones, dont compare the US to Europe. What do I mean? Well, a big car is great when driving 6+ hours just for a weekend get-away. Also ever been in NY during rush hours? I need that extra cab room my escalade offers, or Id lose my head. Many people in the US commute 3+ hours each day to get to work. Why not be comfortable? And still get 35 mpg?

    I say lets do it.

  • Jaketastic

    For all those saying that americans should just stop driving large cars and drive start driving smaller ones, dont compare the US to Europe. What do I mean? Well, a big car is great when driving 6+ hours just for a weekend get-away. Also ever been in NY during rush hours? I need that extra cab room my escalade offers, or Id lose my head. Many people in the US commute 3+ hours each day to get to work. Why not be comfortable? And still get 35 mpg?

    I say lets do it.

  • Rick

    Interesting article but poorly edited and how about some sources?

  • Rick

    Interesting article but poorly edited and how about some sources?

  • Rick

    Interesting article but poorly edited and how about some sources?

  • BigG

    Heh, when will you europeans build a car that can comfortably fit my large frame? I love your cars, but I simply can’t fit in them. Just sayin.

  • BigG

    Heh, when will you europeans build a car that can comfortably fit my large frame? I love your cars, but I simply can’t fit in them. Just sayin.

  • BigG

    Heh, when will you europeans build a car that can comfortably fit my large frame? I love your cars, but I simply can’t fit in them. Just sayin.

  • Jay

    This is so stupid. Try getting the weight down. My 1987 2.5 turbocharged Dodge Daytona with bigger fuel injectors, more boost and bigger intercooler get’s 32/40 city/hwy MPG and runs 13’s in the 1/4 mile. New cars are heavy pigs that suck a lot of fuel.

  • Jay

    This is so stupid. Try getting the weight down. My 1987 2.5 turbocharged Dodge Daytona with bigger fuel injectors, more boost and bigger intercooler get’s 32/40 city/hwy MPG and runs 13’s in the 1/4 mile. New cars are heavy pigs that suck a lot of fuel.

  • Allan

    I agree that the USA needs more fuel efficient cars, but be careful of direct fuel economy comparisons. UK readers should note that 40 mpg UK is 32 mpg US, because US pints are 16 fl oz versus UK pints of 20 fl oz. Also there is a tradeoff between reducing emissions and fuel economy which is why older American cars can have higher fuel economy, but presumably worse emissions.

  • Allan

    I agree that the USA needs more fuel efficient cars, but be careful of direct fuel economy comparisons. UK readers should note that 40 mpg UK is 32 mpg US, because US pints are 16 fl oz versus UK pints of 20 fl oz. Also there is a tradeoff between reducing emissions and fuel economy which is why older American cars can have higher fuel economy, but presumably worse emissions.

  • Allan

    I agree that the USA needs more fuel efficient cars, but be careful of direct fuel economy comparisons. UK readers should note that 40 mpg UK is 32 mpg US, because US pints are 16 fl oz versus UK pints of 20 fl oz. Also there is a tradeoff between reducing emissions and fuel economy which is why older American cars can have higher fuel economy, but presumably worse emissions.

  • Europeans R. Retarded

    All u stupid, dumb europeans with your wining…. It is so annoying, yea you might get 40 MPG or whatever, but you drive those stupid piss off mini cars, and your gas costs almost double what ours does. What do you think that means??? hummmmm we get cheaper gas, electronics, food, everything….. Plain and simple, we are fucking AMERICA and if I want to drive my gas guzzling escalade to school, let me be. I purchased the car, not a stupid POS rc car, a REAL car, therefore and I will recap that America is much better than you stupid fucks, with all your bitchy attitudes and stuck up nonsense… Piss off

  • Europeans R. Retarded

    All u stupid, dumb europeans with your wining…. It is so annoying, yea you might get 40 MPG or whatever, but you drive those stupid piss off mini cars, and your gas costs almost double what ours does. What do you think that means??? hummmmm we get cheaper gas, electronics, food, everything….. Plain and simple, we are fucking AMERICA and if I want to drive my gas guzzling escalade to school, let me be. I purchased the car, not a stupid POS rc car, a REAL car, therefore and I will recap that America is much better than you stupid fucks, with all your bitchy attitudes and stuck up nonsense… Piss off

  • Europeans R. Retarded

    All u stupid, dumb europeans with your wining…. It is so annoying, yea you might get 40 MPG or whatever, but you drive those stupid piss off mini cars, and your gas costs almost double what ours does. What do you think that means??? hummmmm we get cheaper gas, electronics, food, everything….. Plain and simple, we are fucking AMERICA and if I want to drive my gas guzzling escalade to school, let me be. I purchased the car, not a stupid POS rc car, a REAL car, therefore and I will recap that America is much better than you stupid fucks, with all your bitchy attitudes and stuck up nonsense… Piss off

  • Jeremy

    We can get better MPG in cars if we wanted check this guy out his name was Smokey Unick he did it in the early 80’s http://schou.dk/hvce/

  • Jeremy

    We can get better MPG in cars if we wanted check this guy out his name was Smokey Unick he did it in the early 80’s http://schou.dk/hvce/

  • John B

    try looking at Infinite Variable Transmission which is well developed and being tested by most major manufacturers, Torotrak is best known company in the field. With the introduction of this technology the goal would be achieved even on a SUV

  • John B

    try looking at Infinite Variable Transmission which is well developed and being tested by most major manufacturers, Torotrak is best known company in the field. With the introduction of this technology the goal would be achieved even on a SUV

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  • Todd

    There are some serious flaws in the thinking here.

    It has been said, but I must reiterate, CAFE standards mean that the AVERAGE fuel consumption of ALL vehicles manufactured must be 35mpg or better. Statements along the lines of, “My vehicle easily gets x mileage” are irrelevant.

    To all those complaining about SUVs & large trucks.

    There are many people who have legitimate reasons for

    needing such a vehicle. Not everyone drives large vehicles for no good reason.

    For those that think vehicles need not be capable of speeds in excess of posted speed limits. I have literally had a gun pulled on me on the highway, I was very happy to be in a car capable of speeds well in excess of 100mph.

    Latstly, those touting European and, specifically German autos. I work as a VW & Audi technician, and not taking into account diesels these vehicles don’t get especially impressive fuel consumption numbers. I drive a ’00 Golf, and I’m very lucky to see 30mpg highway. It IS a 2.8, but for such a small vehicle & relatively low output engine the mileage isn’t great.

  • Todd

    There are some serious flaws in the thinking here.

    It has been said, but I must reiterate, CAFE standards mean that the AVERAGE fuel consumption of ALL vehicles manufactured must be 35mpg or better. Statements along the lines of, “My vehicle easily gets x mileage” are irrelevant.

    To all those complaining about SUVs & large trucks.

    There are many people who have legitimate reasons for

    needing such a vehicle. Not everyone drives large vehicles for no good reason.

    For those that think vehicles need not be capable of speeds in excess of posted speed limits. I have literally had a gun pulled on me on the highway, I was very happy to be in a car capable of speeds well in excess of 100mph.

    Latstly, those touting European and, specifically German autos. I work as a VW & Audi technician, and not taking into account diesels these vehicles don’t get especially impressive fuel consumption numbers. I drive a ’00 Golf, and I’m very lucky to see 30mpg highway. It IS a 2.8, but for such a small vehicle & relatively low output engine the mileage isn’t great.

  • Ken

    A smaller displacement motor is not always the answer. My v8 camaro is capable of 29mpg highway. My friends 05 vett gets 34mpg highway. A 2 liter motor in the same car will not get that. I am now driving my V8 daily because it is cheaper to drive than my v6 nissan.

  • Ken

    A smaller displacement motor is not always the answer. My v8 camaro is capable of 29mpg highway. My friends 05 vett gets 34mpg highway. A 2 liter motor in the same car will not get that. I am now driving my V8 daily because it is cheaper to drive than my v6 nissan.

  • Bob

    There is a relativly simple movement that is open source which involves injecting hydroxy gas into your engine. It is still in it’s infancy, but you can get 20%-50% increase in fuel efficiency. Guess what…. it runs on water!

  • Bob

    There is a relativly simple movement that is open source which involves injecting hydroxy gas into your engine. It is still in it’s infancy, but you can get 20%-50% increase in fuel efficiency. Guess what…. it runs on water!

  • Bob

    There is a relativly simple movement that is open source which involves injecting hydroxy gas into your engine. It is still in it’s infancy, but you can get 20%-50% increase in fuel efficiency. Guess what…. it runs on water!

  • Rich

    Has anyone here taken into account the Emperial Gallon used in Europe verses US gallon? 4.55 Litres per gallon vs 3.8 Litres per gallon. Hmmmm…

    So, you’re wonderfull whatever that gets 40 MPG in the UK would be getting 33 MPG in the states. So quit whining about how bad the US is in regards to MPG and look the math up.

    A US car that gets a paltry 25 MPG would get the equivelant of 30 MPG in Europe.

    I’m currently an Expat living in the UK from the US and I cannot WAIT to go back to the US and live a decent life again. A place where I don’t constantly hear whining about this or that daily gripe.

  • Rich

    Has anyone here taken into account the Emperial Gallon used in Europe verses US gallon? 4.55 Litres per gallon vs 3.8 Litres per gallon. Hmmmm…

    So, you’re wonderfull whatever that gets 40 MPG in the UK would be getting 33 MPG in the states. So quit whining about how bad the US is in regards to MPG and look the math up.

    A US car that gets a paltry 25 MPG would get the equivelant of 30 MPG in Europe.

    I’m currently an Expat living in the UK from the US and I cannot WAIT to go back to the US and live a decent life again. A place where I don’t constantly hear whining about this or that daily gripe.

  • Ken

    Many posted comments are easy to agree with, but I would like to point out several things. America has the EPA, and other government and private groups that force polution controls and safety standards onto cars that restrict efficiency and make them heavier, losing fuel milage. Europe and Asia and the Orient may have some fuel sippers, but they can’t be sold in the States because they don’t meet requirments. This is also why some American experimental cars are not rushed into production, meeting these standards is expensive and adding things to satisfy the government and the insurance companies adds weight.

    BTW, I have been to several countries and seen smoke billowing from exhaust pipes.

    We have enough cup holders. Engineers need to roll up the old sleeves and create a new propulsion device.

  • Ken

    Many posted comments are easy to agree with, but I would like to point out several things. America has the EPA, and other government and private groups that force polution controls and safety standards onto cars that restrict efficiency and make them heavier, losing fuel milage. Europe and Asia and the Orient may have some fuel sippers, but they can’t be sold in the States because they don’t meet requirments. This is also why some American experimental cars are not rushed into production, meeting these standards is expensive and adding things to satisfy the government and the insurance companies adds weight.

    BTW, I have been to several countries and seen smoke billowing from exhaust pipes.

    We have enough cup holders. Engineers need to roll up the old sleeves and create a new propulsion device.

  • arthur

    what a load of crap. None of these technologies is “new”. Also, what are you saving, if you save gas but the vehicle contains so much technology that the price of it costs more than the gas y ou save? furthermore, European guy witht he diesel, your van probably is not allowed in this country by regulation..safety, and fuel chemistry. And before you bitch about soccer moms and their hummers burning gas, maybe you should slow down and use less fuel. Seems everyone is in a hurry to condemn the other person and tell the other person what he should drive. Let’s place the blame where it really lies. On Opec and the other oil nations who have created the scarcity. Why do I never see, anyone blaming them for high gas prices and HIGH FOOD PRICES in the developing world. And on the Enviro-nazis in the US who have not let anyone drill, build a nuclear plant, LPG terminal or even wind farms. Then they have caused all the various states to adopt different fuel standards. So now we have each region with its own boutique gasoline.

    A truly free market will set the price of fuel and also the size and type of cars without any gov. interference. Why in god’s name would anyone want the gov to stick their nose in anything…they can’t run anything.

  • arthur

    what a load of crap. None of these technologies is “new”. Also, what are you saving, if you save gas but the vehicle contains so much technology that the price of it costs more than the gas y ou save? furthermore, European guy witht he diesel, your van probably is not allowed in this country by regulation..safety, and fuel chemistry. And before you bitch about soccer moms and their hummers burning gas, maybe you should slow down and use less fuel. Seems everyone is in a hurry to condemn the other person and tell the other person what he should drive. Let’s place the blame where it really lies. On Opec and the other oil nations who have created the scarcity. Why do I never see, anyone blaming them for high gas prices and HIGH FOOD PRICES in the developing world. And on the Enviro-nazis in the US who have not let anyone drill, build a nuclear plant, LPG terminal or even wind farms. Then they have caused all the various states to adopt different fuel standards. So now we have each region with its own boutique gasoline.

    A truly free market will set the price of fuel and also the size and type of cars without any gov. interference. Why in god’s name would anyone want the gov to stick their nose in anything…they can’t run anything.

  • arthur

    what a load of crap. None of these technologies is “new”. Also, what are you saving, if you save gas but the vehicle contains so much technology that the price of it costs more than the gas y ou save? furthermore, European guy witht he diesel, your van probably is not allowed in this country by regulation..safety, and fuel chemistry. And before you bitch about soccer moms and their hummers burning gas, maybe you should slow down and use less fuel. Seems everyone is in a hurry to condemn the other person and tell the other person what he should drive. Let’s place the blame where it really lies. On Opec and the other oil nations who have created the scarcity. Why do I never see, anyone blaming them for high gas prices and HIGH FOOD PRICES in the developing world. And on the Enviro-nazis in the US who have not let anyone drill, build a nuclear plant, LPG terminal or even wind farms. Then they have caused all the various states to adopt different fuel standards. So now we have each region with its own boutique gasoline.

    A truly free market will set the price of fuel and also the size and type of cars without any gov. interference. Why in god’s name would anyone want the gov to stick their nose in anything…they can’t run anything.

  • Trevor

    Hey Paz,

    What you forget is though you get 40 MPG in England the Imperial gallon is 1.2 US Gallons, so you are only getting 33.3 US Gallons.

  • Trevor

    Hey Paz,

    What you forget is though you get 40 MPG in England the Imperial gallon is 1.2 US Gallons, so you are only getting 33.3 US Gallons.

  • Trevor

    Hey Paz,

    What you forget is though you get 40 MPG in England the Imperial gallon is 1.2 US Gallons, so you are only getting 33.3 US Gallons.

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  • Doug

    If you’re interested in reading more about this, Bob Kruse, GM’s Executive Director for Global Hybrids, Electric Vehicles and Batteries did a chat about the Chevy Volt and the future of 100 mpg cars. You can check out the transcript here:

    http://www.gmnext.com/Details/LiveChat.aspx?id=17b7d29b-559f-453e-8d47-c49a9783a88c

  • Doug

    If you’re interested in reading more about this, Bob Kruse, GM’s Executive Director for Global Hybrids, Electric Vehicles and Batteries did a chat about the Chevy Volt and the future of 100 mpg cars. You can check out the transcript here:

    http://www.gmnext.com/Details/LiveChat.aspx?id=17b7d29b-559f-453e-8d47-c49a9783a88c

  • Doug

    If you’re interested in reading more about this, Bob Kruse, GM’s Executive Director for Global Hybrids, Electric Vehicles and Batteries did a chat about the Chevy Volt and the future of 100 mpg cars. You can check out the transcript here:

    http://www.gmnext.com/Details/LiveChat.aspx?id=17b7d29b-559f-453e-8d47-c49a9783a88c

  • Uncle B

    Does the selling of North American cars with beautiful women draped over them instead of good spec sheets, bely an underlying wish by the consumer to be screwed in more ways than is obvious or are we just f**king numbed by advertising? I drove a VW Jetta Diesel 300,000 miles without a repair, and got a lifetime average of 42mpg. I never had an American built car do that for me. then, I sold the damn thing for a profit. It still had a trade value! All my Ford, Chryco and GM products were more stylish, none gave me this kind of service. Why?

  • Uncle B

    Does the selling of North American cars with beautiful women draped over them instead of good spec sheets, bely an underlying wish by the consumer to be screwed in more ways than is obvious or are we just f**king numbed by advertising? I drove a VW Jetta Diesel 300,000 miles without a repair, and got a lifetime average of 42mpg. I never had an American built car do that for me. then, I sold the damn thing for a profit. It still had a trade value! All my Ford, Chryco and GM products were more stylish, none gave me this kind of service. Why?

  • Uncle B

    Does the selling of North American cars with beautiful women draped over them instead of good spec sheets, bely an underlying wish by the consumer to be screwed in more ways than is obvious or are we just f**king numbed by advertising? I drove a VW Jetta Diesel 300,000 miles without a repair, and got a lifetime average of 42mpg. I never had an American built car do that for me. then, I sold the damn thing for a profit. It still had a trade value! All my Ford, Chryco and GM products were more stylish, none gave me this kind of service. Why?

  • GC

    So you want economy but insist on sticking to huge US-built dinosaurs because you think they are safer?

    Take a look at the US-NCAP crash test results. Compare small European and Japanese ‘supermini’ class cars with those huge US built machines that struggle to achieve 30mpg (even if it is US gallons.) The results on that site seem to indicate that European and Japanese ‘supermini’ class cars no less safe in a crash than American cars.

    And the latest Bluemotion diesels from VW return an average of 75mpg, with touring figures in the high 90s achievable. I get an average of 72mpg in my 2003 Citroen – and yes, it is achieved with a combination of town driving and motorway cruising at up to 70mph.

    It’s your choice, guys. The technology exists already and is widely used on the rest of the planet. Not wanting to adopt it is your choice, not something that has been forced upon you.

  • GC

    So you want economy but insist on sticking to huge US-built dinosaurs because you think they are safer?

    Take a look at the US-NCAP crash test results. Compare small European and Japanese ‘supermini’ class cars with those huge US built machines that struggle to achieve 30mpg (even if it is US gallons.) The results on that site seem to indicate that European and Japanese ‘supermini’ class cars no less safe in a crash than American cars.

    And the latest Bluemotion diesels from VW return an average of 75mpg, with touring figures in the high 90s achievable. I get an average of 72mpg in my 2003 Citroen – and yes, it is achieved with a combination of town driving and motorway cruising at up to 70mph.

    It’s your choice, guys. The technology exists already and is widely used on the rest of the planet. Not wanting to adopt it is your choice, not something that has been forced upon you.

  • GC

    So you want economy but insist on sticking to huge US-built dinosaurs because you think they are safer?

    Take a look at the US-NCAP crash test results. Compare small European and Japanese ‘supermini’ class cars with those huge US built machines that struggle to achieve 30mpg (even if it is US gallons.) The results on that site seem to indicate that European and Japanese ‘supermini’ class cars no less safe in a crash than American cars.

    And the latest Bluemotion diesels from VW return an average of 75mpg, with touring figures in the high 90s achievable. I get an average of 72mpg in my 2003 Citroen – and yes, it is achieved with a combination of town driving and motorway cruising at up to 70mph.

    It’s your choice, guys. The technology exists already and is widely used on the rest of the planet. Not wanting to adopt it is your choice, not something that has been forced upon you.

  • charles

    Somebody needs to do research before writing articles. Tucker made a car in 1948 that broke 100mph and had a 40+mpg. Considering it is arguably the safest car ever made, that’s impressive.

    And yes, american cars have had 35+mph since the early 80’s. That’s why over half the mustangs and camero’s have been four bangers.

    As to size, some of us cannot safely drive a midget, or neon, or ever a cavalier. Something about having to put my knees on either side of the wheel just to get in the car.

    And hybrids don’t “save the planet”, most power on the grids is produced by burning coal, you know coal, like they used to change the color of london during the industrial revolution.

  • charles

    Somebody needs to do research before writing articles. Tucker made a car in 1948 that broke 100mph and had a 40+mpg. Considering it is arguably the safest car ever made, that’s impressive.

    And yes, american cars have had 35+mph since the early 80’s. That’s why over half the mustangs and camero’s have been four bangers.

    As to size, some of us cannot safely drive a midget, or neon, or ever a cavalier. Something about having to put my knees on either side of the wheel just to get in the car.

    And hybrids don’t “save the planet”, most power on the grids is produced by burning coal, you know coal, like they used to change the color of london during the industrial revolution.

  • charles

    Somebody needs to do research before writing articles. Tucker made a car in 1948 that broke 100mph and had a 40+mpg. Considering it is arguably the safest car ever made, that’s impressive.

    And yes, american cars have had 35+mph since the early 80’s. That’s why over half the mustangs and camero’s have been four bangers.

    As to size, some of us cannot safely drive a midget, or neon, or ever a cavalier. Something about having to put my knees on either side of the wheel just to get in the car.

    And hybrids don’t “save the planet”, most power on the grids is produced by burning coal, you know coal, like they used to change the color of london during the industrial revolution.

  • Tim Hendricks

    What I’d love to see would be a diesel hybrid. I would guess it would get 60 to 80mpg.

    America is in for a rude awakening. Business-as-usual is no longer an option.

  • Tim Hendricks

    What I’d love to see would be a diesel hybrid. I would guess it would get 60 to 80mpg.

    America is in for a rude awakening. Business-as-usual is no longer an option.

  • nick gallegos

    Why do people always think that the car companies are the end all to things? Try looking up Russell Bourke, he created an engine that can run up to 60:1 air to gas. The fundamental stoichiometric ratio that car companies build engines on is a lie. Why do you think extra air needs to be pumped into the exhaust? What do you think catalytic converters are? Extra gas is used to cool engines, not make them run better or faster. Try running an engine in an Ultra Lean condition and watch how fast it heats up. There are some good old boys in Canada that are using an off the shelf Honda engine and adding a fuel vapor tech that can get over 100MPG. Detroit is too embedded with the Oil boys to care.

  • nick gallegos

    Why do people always think that the car companies are the end all to things? Try looking up Russell Bourke, he created an engine that can run up to 60:1 air to gas. The fundamental stoichiometric ratio that car companies build engines on is a lie. Why do you think extra air needs to be pumped into the exhaust? What do you think catalytic converters are? Extra gas is used to cool engines, not make them run better or faster. Try running an engine in an Ultra Lean condition and watch how fast it heats up. There are some good old boys in Canada that are using an off the shelf Honda engine and adding a fuel vapor tech that can get over 100MPG. Detroit is too embedded with the Oil boys to care.

  • nick gallegos

    Why do people always think that the car companies are the end all to things? Try looking up Russell Bourke, he created an engine that can run up to 60:1 air to gas. The fundamental stoichiometric ratio that car companies build engines on is a lie. Why do you think extra air needs to be pumped into the exhaust? What do you think catalytic converters are? Extra gas is used to cool engines, not make them run better or faster. Try running an engine in an Ultra Lean condition and watch how fast it heats up. There are some good old boys in Canada that are using an off the shelf Honda engine and adding a fuel vapor tech that can get over 100MPG. Detroit is too embedded with the Oil boys to care.

  • linuxamp

    The only reason I hesitate to drive tiny fuel efficient cars is that it would be crushed when rammed by the huge hummer behind me.

    Then again my only means of transportation now is electric trains and bicycle so my MPG is infinite.

  • linuxamp

    The only reason I hesitate to drive tiny fuel efficient cars is that it would be crushed when rammed by the huge hummer behind me.

    Then again my only means of transportation now is electric trains and bicycle so my MPG is infinite.

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  • God, I’m so sick of hearing you Europeans go on and on about your turbo diesel cars getting 70 miles per gallon. Do you really think all americans drive hummers? What kind of morons are you? Perhaps you should stop for a second and realize that some of the biggest engines coming out of production are FROM GERMANY. Hi. V12 Mercedes? What do you think that Audi RS6 comes with?

    Open your friggin eyes.

    Only morons drive hybrids. Who else would pay 30k for a car worth 10. Screw that. You can easily get over 35MPG if you choose to. If your gas was as cheap as ours YOU WOULD DRIVE A BIGGER CAR.

    Instead you settle for some tiny little japanese crotch rocket of a car, which can fit 2 humans, and a backpack.

    Spare me. You’ll be pulling your pud when you see us pushing 80MPG hummers within 5 years, because we are the country to do it.

  • God, I’m so sick of hearing you Europeans go on and on about your turbo diesel cars getting 70 miles per gallon. Do you really think all americans drive hummers? What kind of morons are you? Perhaps you should stop for a second and realize that some of the biggest engines coming out of production are FROM GERMANY. Hi. V12 Mercedes? What do you think that Audi RS6 comes with?

    Open your friggin eyes.

    Only morons drive hybrids. Who else would pay 30k for a car worth 10. Screw that. You can easily get over 35MPG if you choose to. If your gas was as cheap as ours YOU WOULD DRIVE A BIGGER CAR.

    Instead you settle for some tiny little japanese crotch rocket of a car, which can fit 2 humans, and a backpack.

    Spare me. You’ll be pulling your pud when you see us pushing 80MPG hummers within 5 years, because we are the country to do it.

  • Caz

    I have increased the distance i travel on a full tank of fuel by using the MPG CAPS.

    I run a limousine company, here in South Australia. We have 50 vehicles in our fleet, petrol, diesel and gas. This CAP is saving us around 14% on our fuel bill. The best part is the product has been tested all over the world and the results show a reduction in harmful emissions. This allows a business like mine, improve our carbon footprint, since transport plays a huge part in global warming, I can hold my head high knowing I am taking steps.

    How the MPG CAPS work http://www.lessfuellesspollution.com

  • Caz

    I have increased the distance i travel on a full tank of fuel by using the MPG CAPS.

    I run a limousine company, here in South Australia. We have 50 vehicles in our fleet, petrol, diesel and gas. This CAP is saving us around 14% on our fuel bill. The best part is the product has been tested all over the world and the results show a reduction in harmful emissions. This allows a business like mine, improve our carbon footprint, since transport plays a huge part in global warming, I can hold my head high knowing I am taking steps.

    How the MPG CAPS work http://www.lessfuellesspollution.com

  • Which of these features could actually be integrate into the hybrid?

  • Which of these features could actually be integrate into the hybrid?

  • Vettes suck

    Ken, I highly doubt that your friend’s ’05 Vette gets 34 MPG. It’s rated 24 highway for the auto, 26 for the manual. I might believe 28 or even 29 but 34?!! The thing gets a lowly 16 in the city; are you trying to tell us that it gets DOUBLE that on the freeway? Either you or your friend are skewing the numbers somehow (or driving downhill a lot LOL).

  • Vettes suck

    Ken, I highly doubt that your friend’s ’05 Vette gets 34 MPG. It’s rated 24 highway for the auto, 26 for the manual. I might believe 28 or even 29 but 34?!! The thing gets a lowly 16 in the city; are you trying to tell us that it gets DOUBLE that on the freeway? Either you or your friend are skewing the numbers somehow (or driving downhill a lot LOL).

  • Matt Evans

    This is the most idiotic campaign I have heard of in regards to the “oil/fuel crisis”.

    A goal to achieve 35mpg on a gasoline engine by when???

    I drive a highly modified 1985 Toyota Corolla, and I am still getting 33mpg. If my engine was stock, I could get 40+mpg easily.

    Like other people have already stated, there have been and still are cars available in the US that already achieve this goal… hell some of these cars, like mine, achieved this “goal” over 20 years ago.

    It is more a matter of lifestyle. If you don’t have a family, or a job that requires it, you don’t need a huge SUV, or a full-size truck. Most people have more car than they need, and then chose to bitch about how much they spend on their gas-guzzler

  • Matt Evans

    This is the most idiotic campaign I have heard of in regards to the “oil/fuel crisis”.

    A goal to achieve 35mpg on a gasoline engine by when???

    I drive a highly modified 1985 Toyota Corolla, and I am still getting 33mpg. If my engine was stock, I could get 40+mpg easily.

    Like other people have already stated, there have been and still are cars available in the US that already achieve this goal… hell some of these cars, like mine, achieved this “goal” over 20 years ago.

    It is more a matter of lifestyle. If you don’t have a family, or a job that requires it, you don’t need a huge SUV, or a full-size truck. Most people have more car than they need, and then chose to bitch about how much they spend on their gas-guzzler

  • donald

    electric waterpumps have been used in hotrodding for years as a means to greater horse power , its been a while but i bet you can find them for most cars.

  • donald

    electric waterpumps have been used in hotrodding for years as a means to greater horse power , its been a while but i bet you can find them for most cars.

  • Mike G

    Yes well I’m an American and I would love the opportunity to buy a car that got 50 mpg. The problem here is the entrenched special interests and the car companies insist that consumers want POWER POWER POWER AND MORE POWER! Listening to the car ads touting 7 liter V8 pickups and hot rods, it’s just disgusting. Although I’m thinking this summer’s surge in oil prices here may finally be the beginning of the end of the big truck and SUV craze. About time.

  • Mike G

    Yes well I’m an American and I would love the opportunity to buy a car that got 50 mpg. The problem here is the entrenched special interests and the car companies insist that consumers want POWER POWER POWER AND MORE POWER! Listening to the car ads touting 7 liter V8 pickups and hot rods, it’s just disgusting. Although I’m thinking this summer’s surge in oil prices here may finally be the beginning of the end of the big truck and SUV craze. About time.

  • mki

    “I don’t know if you noticed, but the average American is about 4″-5″ inches (10cm-13cm for you metric folks)taller than the average Japanese citizen. Not to mention they probably outweigh them by an average of 40lbs (18Kg).”

    I agree that Americans are taller then Japan’s, however by the same difference Americans there smaller then European. All artificial additive make average Americans much fatter and shorter. According to US health department Americans are much shorter then they were 40 years ego (all the hight fructose corn syrup and diet drinks with Aspartame getting it’s toll).

    As for efficient cars in US.. well we see them next year when oil will be for $200+ and gas for $7.50.

    I expect on the street of New York City large number of abandon SUV.

  • mki

    “I don’t know if you noticed, but the average American is about 4″-5″ inches (10cm-13cm for you metric folks)taller than the average Japanese citizen. Not to mention they probably outweigh them by an average of 40lbs (18Kg).”

    I agree that Americans are taller then Japan’s, however by the same difference Americans there smaller then European. All artificial additive make average Americans much fatter and shorter. According to US health department Americans are much shorter then they were 40 years ego (all the hight fructose corn syrup and diet drinks with Aspartame getting it’s toll).

    As for efficient cars in US.. well we see them next year when oil will be for $200+ and gas for $7.50.

    I expect on the street of New York City large number of abandon SUV.

  • Gilles

    The MUSIC cylinder head is another really good idea:

    http://www.greencarcongress.com/2008/05/test-of-music-e.html

  • Gilles

    The MUSIC cylinder head is another really good idea:

    http://www.greencarcongress.com/2008/05/test-of-music-e.html

  • Your article is written as though hybrid vehicles are a bad thing? If all the vehicle accessories are being switched to electric motors then the obvious choice is to look at improving electrical power storage devices.

    The claims of Eestor (Texas) company & Zenn motors have to be taken much more seriously now that Lockheed Martin has has licensed their technology. The link above is from MIT having similar claims for this new nano-technology.

    Worst case scenario it appears to be ready for prime time now as the energy storage device for recovering the energy during braking to provide the burst of energy during stop light & highway acceleration thereby extending the duration of older proven battery technoligies and the vehicles that use them.

    Couldn’t Americans have their cake & eat it too if all big SUV’s were required to be hybrids and wouldn’t the cost of this technology drop significatly if it were standard equipment on every vehicle that current gets below 20 miles per gallon?

  • Your article is written as though hybrid vehicles are a bad thing? If all the vehicle accessories are being switched to electric motors then the obvious choice is to look at improving electrical power storage devices.

    The claims of Eestor (Texas) company & Zenn motors have to be taken much more seriously now that Lockheed Martin has has licensed their technology. The link above is from MIT having similar claims for this new nano-technology.

    Worst case scenario it appears to be ready for prime time now as the energy storage device for recovering the energy during braking to provide the burst of energy during stop light & highway acceleration thereby extending the duration of older proven battery technoligies and the vehicles that use them.

    Couldn’t Americans have their cake & eat it too if all big SUV’s were required to be hybrids and wouldn’t the cost of this technology drop significatly if it were standard equipment on every vehicle that current gets below 20 miles per gallon?

  • ChuckL

    Paz, your english gallon is 20% larger than our U. S. gallon, so that makes our 35 MPG equal to your British 42 MPG.

    Sorry, old man, but you lose this one.

  • ChuckL

    Paz, your english gallon is 20% larger than our U. S. gallon, so that makes our 35 MPG equal to your British 42 MPG.

    Sorry, old man, but you lose this one.