Yeah - I supposed I might be a bit predictable at times. I'm just so tired
of that phrase "gas guzzlers", and it always seems to get thrown out there
for the effect, rather than a valid argument point. I do agree that it
seems we well ought to be able to expect mileage numbers in the 40's now,
without any radical designs. 30's was great for a generation of cars, and I
applaud GM for having lead the pack in producing as many cars as they did,
for as long as they did, that achieved that kind of mileage. But, like you,
I believe it's time to advance on that front. I really like both of the
Sonatas we own (04 and 06), and I have almost nothing but good to say about
them, but the one thing that struck me with each one of them was that the
mileage compared to my GM cars was actually somewhat off. Not so bad as to
make owning either one a bad experience, but it is hard at first to accept a
new car getting a couple/few less miles per gallon that what you owned
Hey, I just visited the new Chevy website and the Cobalt is being claimed to
get 37 mpg!! Now that is quite an improvement and I stand corrected. I
think Fiat and the Ford Fiesta will both force even more advances in fuel
mileage in the coming years. They might even put enough pressure on
Congress to adopt regulations to allow European diesel technology into the
US and THEN we will truly have oil independence.
Curiously enough, the Cobalt with Auto transmission gets 4 MPG less than the
stick! That is very unusual in today's advanced automatic technology.
Usually the auto trans' are getting the same or maybe one mpg less than
stick, but 4?????
I believe the XFE has changes other than the transmission. I believe
the engine has been tweaked for fuel economy, it has low rolling
resistance tires (I wonder what those cost to replace?), etc., that I
don't believe are on the auto tranny version.
I'm anxious to see more advances in electric, but in self-generating
electric. Diesel generator locomotives have advanced great strides in the
tonnage they can move on a gallon of diesel fuel, and it sure seems that the
technology they employ could be migrated to cars. I'm not at all interested
in seeing any more introductions that require the own to plug the car into
the wall to charge it up.
I agree, Mike. any care that has to be plugged in is doomed to failure
until an infrastructure is well in place (which, I believe, will never
happen given our present form of government self interests).
One thing that makes the railroads so efficient is the fact that there is
almost no contact area between the wheels and the track reducing friction.
Once the energy is expended to get the mass up to speed, very little is
needed to maintain it. I guess also the NASCAR drafting syndrome plays a
part in moving a long train. Try that on the interstate!!! When I was
young and foolish, I did that on my motorcycle behind trucks. You could
almost close the throttle and be sucked along (while you prayed he didn't
hit the brakes!). Tire technology could take a giant step forward to reduce
rolling resistance too. I saw an ad for a new 'gas saving' tire but when
you do the math, it is more hype than actual help.
The main reason trains use this approach is to avoid the need for a
clutch system capable of starting out heavy loads. This is basically
the same as the hybrids currently in use. Yes, I think a diesel hybrid
would have significant advantages over a gas hybrid, even with the
greater weight of the diesel engine.
Getting the diesel past emission requirements is probably one reason. It
may not be a smooth starting too, when the power is required, compared to
gas, especially in cold climates. I have to think that they have considered
it at some point.
If they looked at emissions per mile where the electric motor was doing the
work part of the time, I would think emissions would be quite low. If
you've ever driven a small turbo diesel in Europe, you would see how smooth
and quick they are. Starting in the cold is no longer a problem. In fact,
I believe they don't' even use glow plugs anymore. I had a diesel in
Chicago for years and it started even at sub zero temps. Diesels are NOT
your 'grandmother's diesels'. It's a whole new breed.
Dear Lazy Assed Top- Poster:
The UAW didn't make the decisons to design and manufacture shit cars.
The UAW didn't piss billions away on bad advertsing.
The UAW didn't buy private jets to fly to Congressional Hearings.
The UAW is not in bed with Saudis like the Bush family is.
"Naturally the common people don't want war: Neither in Russia, nor in
England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after
Your statement that it was the fault of Bush and the Republicans is
completely false. Any thinking person knows that and the data supports
that the Democrats played a huge role staring back with the "New Deal."
Read some history. It is very interesting.
First, it was Bush, then it was Reagan, now it is both. Do you have a
4th lie to share?
Bill, once and for all, Obama didn't inherit anything from Bush!!! He
inherited it from the Democratic Congress that was in control for the last
two years of Bush's administration! The House approves appropriations and
taxes, NOT the President. He inherited it from Nancy Pelosi!!! Get over
Now they want us to read Miranda rights to terrorists captured in Iraq and
Afghanistan! Would McCain have allowed that????? What has happened to all
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