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Affordable 75 mpg vehicles may be closer than we think

GasBuddy Blog -- Why can't the world's leading car companies make a vehicle that gets 100 mpg?

That's a question Popular Mechanics asked and they found that many technology innovations already implemented in low-production, high performance racing vehicles and concept cars could soon be feasible in mass-market vehicles. They're not going to deliver an affordable 100 mpg but the road to 75 mpg just might be getting smoother.

Steve Lapp, a professor from Ontario, told Popular Mechanics he's managed to hit 100 mpg --occasionally-- in his 2001 Toyota Prius. How did he do it? He mounted solar panels on the car's roof to keep the batteries charged when the sun is shining.

While that kind of creative thinking is promising, more...


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hrry
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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2012 12:32:47 AM

Promising for a long time; but R&D to consumer application has been slow for decades.
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 10:07:50 AM

Historically, big oil buys up the patents quickly on vehicle technology that can give higher mpg's, better battery and other technologies which lead to better efficiency.

The second issue... Most "fuel economic" vehicles do not have the hot/manly look! The typical fuel efficient vehicles tend to have a small/pretty look.

Do auto manufacturers really think real guys/general public want to buy those things? I'd hide my head while driving those vehicles. Say "re-gift"
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ok
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 7:44:13 AM

not far away
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ok
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2012 2:48:03 PM

great news
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2012 12:43:12 PM

Bring it on. Just wanting 100mpg won't bring it. Can't vote it in either. A lot more engineering is required.
Some people remind me of a 1st grade class who had a pet rabbit. They didn't know if it was a boy or girl so they voted on it.
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Can't wait.
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Message Posted: Jul 7, 2012 8:45:58 AM

no reason to stop at 75mpg...
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get her done
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hurry
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Message Posted: Jul 6, 2012 2:27:14 PM

sounds promising
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Message Posted: Jul 6, 2012 10:31:03 AM

That's BS small vehicles always lose when meeting large vehicles.
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Message Posted: Jul 6, 2012 8:46:02 AM

most vehicles are designed for people weighing up to about 225 lbs. Yet, the average American has long exceeded that weight. Time to drop the fat, learn to live healthier and then the 'smaller' vehicles aren't such a big deal.
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Message Posted: Jul 6, 2012 8:44:42 AM

there would be a lot more room in those if the majority of Americans wouldn't be so fat.
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hurry up
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Even if they were more affordable not sure I would want one not enough room in most , I do like the Chevy Volt but that is way too much for me .
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2012 9:38:08 AM

No, I don't really want one. Even at $30k a pious isn't worth it, if I was going to throw away money on toys I'd get a Tesla, it's a much nicer car and actually fun to drive, not a POS jap death trap
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great
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The 2012 Prius PHV can average over 100 mpg on a tank of gas. Many owners are doing that.
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travel: soon? I think (at least in the US) it already is. Has been for a good while.
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thats about time it will come soon all about money
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"Why can't the world's leading car companies make a vehicle that gets 100 mpg?"

Because Americans love BIG cars.

NEXT!!
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pretty soon
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Message Posted: Jul 3, 2012 5:16:24 AM

tomok: problem w/ WVO is that there isn't enough to go around for all. But, we could GROW our own (like many countries in Europe do) and at least make it B-20. But that would be making too much sense.

As for the making biodiesel in the outbuilding, I agree. As far away as possible from any structures that could burn - several items used in the production can cause fires.

Around here WVO is not free and you're officially not allowed to transport it in any quantity larger than a gallon or two unless you have a hazmat license. Makes no sense, I know...
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Lighter weight vehicle components, extra weight out of the vehicle (including overweight people), less fuel used, more MPG. The higher the vehicle fuel efficiency, the less fuel purchased, the more oil and refining companies will charge for fuel to make their profit.
Some DIY EV's and Inbreds have thin, flexible solar panels on the roof, hood and trunk. Keep that vehicle battery charged as much as possible in open parking lots from the sun. You don't know the solar panels are there until you get close to the car.
WVO (waste vegetable oil – bio diesel) is a good alternative to crude oil diesel fuel, make it yourself in an out building (Not in the garage) and do not have to buy diesel fuel at the gas station. Get WVO from restaurants, they usually do not charge for it but some do.
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, Produce and ‘Drive’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, has a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money. Consider using other forms of less expensive transportation to lower your cost.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
12/22/2012!
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This looks like the third day I've seen this
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grreat
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Knew that...
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So old it was featured in back to the future
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old news
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So how versatile and family friendly are they?
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Sounds great until one asks how do you pay for roads if the mileage is so great and less tax money is coming in? The answer of course is to raise taxes on what you buy or have a per mile tax reported by GPS and just added to your tax liability at tax time.
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very old news
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oil news
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Maybe by the time my grandchildren's kids are driving.
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will they still move quickly? we want our speedy vehicles here.
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It is already here, if you can buy some of the current European diesels not sold in the US.
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WHATEVER!!!!
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old news
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Move on to something else.
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Okay he did someing that I have been saying for years so what!
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Even closer since this was posted!
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While it is possible, it isn't practical for the driving habits of the wannabe nascar driver.
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Is this perhaps starting the second full week of seeing this article?
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