Sorry, the conspiracy theorists have hoodwinked you once again.
Simple physics says there is NO way you could ever achieve 1000mpg with ANY
gasoline (or diesel, or propane, or...) technology as long as approximately
80% of the energy is lost to heat and friction.
You cannot "bury" a patent. Every patent ever granted is accessible to the
public at the various Patent Offices in various countries. I've been
through stacks and stacks of them for customer projects.
You should try to be a bit more skeptical. GM is LOSING money. don't you
think they'd spring something like this on the market if they could?
Carburetors don't burn gas, engines do. Carburetors only mix gas with air
and send it on its way down a long pipe. You need a certain minimum mixture
of gas and air to have proper combustion, or any kind of combustion at all
for that matter.
Carburetors are very inefficient compared to fuel injection, and for
fundamental reasons it is impossible for them to meet current and future
emissions and fuel economy regulations.
I canna change the laws of physics, Cap'n! It isn't the carburetor or engine
that allows higher fuel economy, but the design of the vehicle. A bicycle
could probably get several hundred mpg, but a car as we know it has too much
The by-the-ways show up in discussions of hybrid cars all the time. We have
a 2002 Toyota Prius, and it does indeed get as much as 50 mpg or slightly
more in town. But an amazing number of factors can eat into that. Short
trips can knock the average economy below 40 mpg (there is a display for
trip mpg, 5 minute interval mpg, and "immediate" mpg). The A/C or defroster
has about the same effect. Last winter I rolled the windows down and turned
the heater on high to see what effect it had, and the next five minute bar
dropped from about 40 mpg to 25 mpg! The car gets 65 mpg at 60 mph (no A/C
on) and 45 mpg at 75 mph. When the edge is that fine it takes very little to
Fuel economy has improved from maybe 12 mpg to 25-35 mpg over the past
75 or so years. Don't you think it's ridiculous for the next jump in
efficiency to be to 1000 mpg?
Assuming that a car *can* get 1000 mpg, what do you think that will do
to its performance? Zero to 60 in five minutes.
I can understand why the oil industry would want to thwart
fuel-efficient cars, but why the auto industry? Does not make sense.
Carburetors are not efficient, period. Fuel-injector cars do not have
them at all. The best improvement that was ever made to a carburetor to
increase its fuel efficiency was to eliminate it.
It's also worth noting that US patents expire after 17 years (non-renewable,
unlike copyrights), and patents are not binding outside the countries in
which they are registered. Any such carburetor would be in the public domain
by now, and we would have seen them being made various places overseas -
even if they could not be imported while the patent was in effect.
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