100 mpg ...

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  1. cmartinez

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    You know better than to post that on a site full of educated people.

    "a hybrid electric car so efficient that you never have to stop to recharge"
    Perpetual motion is banned on this site.

    "MacDowell intends to drive an SUV across the country on less than 40 gallons of gasoline."
    Why would he need 40 gallons of gasoline if you never have to recharge this machine? Why not give it a beer can of fuel and watch him not recharge for 3000 miles (and then, the rest of his life)?
     
  4. Kermit2

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    I'll take that beer.
     
  5. panic mode

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    wake me up when he completes the promised trip.... ;)
     
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    Not perpetual motion, just a play on words. The Prius never has to stop to recharge, because it is always wasting time at the gas station. Notice that they didn't say that you never have to stop at the gas station. By their wording, my 4 cylinder pickup never has to stop to recharge either - stopping for gas is another thing.
     
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    Now I get it. None of my cars have ever needed to stop and recharge. They all ran on gasoline.:D
     
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    *sigh* one more time, my friend, you've proved yourself right.

    Then again, as an educated person, I interpreted that what the author meant was that the car could go on charging its batteries even when parked.

    Now I realise that the target audience was not people like the members of this forum. The intention (maybe) is rather to fan the flames of the common man's imagination (nothing wrong with that, if the end is a noble one)

    BUT... one can't argue with numbers, and 100 mpg is something that I'd like to see being accomplished. So we'll have to wait and see.

    The inventor is destined either to greatness or oblivion, but nothing in between.

    EDIT: it has just downed on me that after a few drinks the quality of my diction approaches that of @Hypatia's Protege ! :)

    EDIT #2: I meant to say that it leans to his/her style... I'd never dare to compare my linguistic capabilities to his/hers.
     
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    Thanks!:D -- I think?:confused:

    Best regards
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    I would love to see a 100 MPG car too, but not something that looks like a large roller skate.
    I've already been wadded up by a drunk driver once. My fondest wish is that I could have found the keys to the 2 ton truck that night.
    If you find anything that can power my 4400 pound SUV at 100 MPG, I will be there on the next airplane.
     
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  11. Hypatia's Protege

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    Amen! Some 'features' are worth extra expense! -- 'Breathing room' and basic structural integrity figuring prominently among them!:cool:

    Very best regards
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    After how many drinks do you start leaning?
     
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    Once everyone is driving autonomous cars, will we need the same degree of structural integrity?
     
  14. Hypatia's Protege

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    Well... theoretically no - inasmuch as the requirement of 'crashworthiness' will then be obviated - theoretically!;)

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    You can take my steering wheel when you pry it from my cold, dead fingers...
     
  16. GopherT

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    I thought you would be "pro-autonomous car".... taking advantage of two handed operation of your firearms while driving. Or, in case of an ambush, you can use two six-shooters at the same time.

    In quieter times, you can't be charged with a DWI/DUI if you ae not technically driving.
     
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  17. joeyd999

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    So, autonomous vehicles are going to come included with a "tactical driving" switch?
     
  18. GopherT

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    What accessories would you pay for? It's called consumer-focused innovation, my friend.

    Alternatively, we could automate the shooting rather than the driving - your preference. I guess a switch for that would let you decide in each situation.
     
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    If it sounds like a turd I'd refuse to drive it even if it did 500mpg.
     
  20. cmartinez

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    And while we're having this discussion, here's a very interesting development on a variant of the Wankel engine:

    http://liquidpiston.com/technology/how-it-works/

    According to Liquid Piston, this arrangement addresses many of the shortcomings of the Wankel. In particular, it uses fixed seals that eliminate the need to blend lubricating oil into its fuel mixture, which improves its emission performance, while cavities built into the rotor allow for overexpansion of the combusted fuel that increases the engine’s efficiency.
     
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