1. I had a salesman in this week who usually drives about 1000 miles a week........
Edited on Fri Dec-05-08 12:50 PM by predfan
covers 5 states, in a Saturn. On his last fill up he's getting 39 MPG........he keeps his foot out of the carburetor, tires inflated, regular tune-ups.........my 225,000 Maxima will get 30 MPG when I drive 60...........IMO We need to change Interstate speed limits to 65 today, then force states to follow. wouldn't we save about 10% on fuel, at least?
21. The Jetta is a pretty big car with a pretty big engine. Look at the smaller Golf-sized car...
that gets 70. There's no reason why that couldn't get 80-90 if it were made into a hybrid. Plus I tend to think that the numbers for these concept cars are basically marketing numbers. I bet the actual government tests would give lower numbers, as they always do.
And why aren't foreign automakers building these cars? 50 state emission requirements have obviously been a hurdle that was only recently cleared with the new generation of VW & Daimler diesels. The Europeans seem to have been focusing on diesel while Japanese have focused more on hybrids.
The point is American automakers actually were out in front technologically on this and yet they intentionally killed it.
Hybrid was easily understood and fairly low risk even then. There were all sorts of little improvements that could be done and were by Toyota - the flywheel to save braking energy, and of course the electric powered car where the battery was continually charged by a low-power gas motor. The zero-emissions car was far in the future. Bush's insistence on going for a hydrogen car was a way of kicking the can down the road, i.e., putting off any serious action for a decade by mothballing the technology developed. The car companies were just sort of doing what they were asked to do in the 1990s with modest interest in whatever new tech might develop, but mostly just keeping the administration happy by participating. I think they viewed it is a net plus, but a very small one. It was the Bush-Cheney administration's goal to kill this, like killing Kyoto, and I think the car companies just didn't care much one way or the other. A darn shame.
But the logic of the plan - switching technology - has been proven right, so maybe the Obama admin can lead a new PNGV type program and give it more teeth.
No one has much sympathy - nor should they - for the big 3 and the UAW. But this isn't about sympathy. It's about moving forward in the best interest of the country. We should still try something like this again, but do it right.
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