[permaculture] A 69.9 MPG Diesel Hybrid -Coming Soon from VW

tom tom at honeychrome.com
Sun Mar 2 08:40:26 EST 2008

I find it hard to be very impressed with this announcement.   I have  
a 1966 Volvo that I manage to get 30-32 mpg (and have yet to put an  
overdrive transmission that I have in it, which hopefully will give  
me another 2-3 mpg).  It is a very simple vehicle, practically no  
plastic, but easily keeps up with the pace on the road these days.   
Of course the emissions from the tail-pipe are significantly worse  
than a 2008 vehicle, but a new(er) vehicle is well beyond my economic  
means, and alas I suspect one will remain so.  Still- 42 years and  
vehicle economy has only just doubled?!  That is a pathetic amount of  
advancement compared to the gains in so many other areas.  No doubt  
the laws of thermodynamics dictate limits to what can be achieved,  
but c'mon! 

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