[permaculture] A 69.9 MPG Diesel Hybrid -Coming Soon from VW
mike.brian at gmail.com
Sun Mar 2 09:27:51 EST 2008
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> 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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I would be more impressed if the automobile manufacturers made and
adhered to standards - modularity and interchangeability in design.
All the fuel efficiency in the world isn't going to offset the
resources needed to gather, melt, and recast another.
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