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New Cars Fuel efficient and not so much

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    Independent
    Central, FL
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    http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/best-worst.shtml

    Interesting list of very fuel efficient cars and at the bottom is a list of not fuel efficient cars.
    I saw a list by Kiplinger yesterday of the most fuel efficient cars but couldn't locate the page today.
    What I found interesting was electric cars got less miles on the highway as compared to the city.
    Apparently achieving and maintaining the higher speeds was more draining.
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    Hybrids, too.

    Some, or maybe all hybrids get a little better in town than on the highway, also. For the same reason, I guess?
  • Independent
    Widefield, CO
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    My guess would be due to idle time. An electric car would do better when idling since its not using as much energy as when its having to turn the wheels. Just a guess as to why an electric car would get less highway than city.
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    RanmaMOJ Wrote: My guess would be due to idle time. An electric car would do better when idling since its not using as much energy as when its having to turn the wheels. Just a guess as to why an electric car would get less highway than city.
    Correct sir. The batteries are far more effective when at idle, not using as much energy to run the accessories in the vehicle. After acceleration and the energy is used, the gasoline portion of the engine kicks in and propels the car while the batteries recharge.
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    jamesn Wrote: Hybrids, too.

    Some, or maybe all hybrids get a little better in town than on the highway, also. For the same reason, I guess?
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    The Hybrid Prius get 51 mpg highway 49 mpg city. Range as electric and gas is 560 miles. I noticed many of the electric cars listed had a very low range. Usually not more than 83 miles. That's not reasonable. Hell, what if you get lost ?

    I read (today) that Toyota is working on a recharging device (for their electric car) that you would put on your garage floor. You pull over it to recharge wirelessly. It's expected to be on 2016 models. It's the same type of technology that MRI machines work on. They're said to be installed (some) in parking garages at that time also.
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    That would be absolutely world changing, if they can achieve it and commercialize it in the right way. The automotive industry has been needing a change for years now and that certainly sounds like a positive one. Think of the areas of technology that would spread to like wildfire. And yes, I know there's a few areas that it's already present such as cell phone charging mats, MRI, and maybe a few more. But I assume this would be much larger than that.
  • Independent
    Maple Valley, WA
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    TJ Wrote: http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/best-worst.shtml

    Interesting list of very fuel efficient cars and at the bottom is a list of not fuel efficient cars.
    I saw a list by Kiplinger yesterday of the most fuel efficient cars but couldn't locate the page today.
    What I found interesting was electric cars got less miles on the highway as compared to the city.
    Apparently achieving and maintaining the higher speeds was more draining.
    Electric motors are almost perfect minus the battery issues. More torque and faster acceleration than a conventional gas engine. However why could we not use water. The hottest fires fought by the fire department were actually caused by their own methods. Water sprayed from above would break down into oxygen and hydrogen feeding the inferno. They thought they were fighting an arson using an accelerant they could not detect. Seems to me a cylinder could be made hot enough and the water atomized so that it would detonate.
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    Faster and more torque? If your comparing a Tesla to a 4 cyl mustang maybe. There are one or two 'Super' electric cars made that are extremely fast. But nothing mainstream or easily purchasable by the public that would make that comparison true.
  • Other Party
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    Tesla Model S just won the annual ranking by Consumer Reports for best car you can buy. 260 cars tested and the Tesla Model S came out on top so this is great news for rich people who can afford it.

    The car tested is about $90,000.

    On a budget? Not rich? The Totota Prius was one of the best cars tested and it comes in at about $27,000. That's more like it. Much more affordable and you don't have to worry about running out of electricity. Keep gas in the Prius and the range is unlimited. As great as the Tesla may be, its range is about 225 miles, then be at a charging station or your car will be dead on the side of the road.

    I think many of us would love to have a Tesla but unless I hit the lottery or find a bunch of gold coins buried in my back yard, I won't be buying one anytime soon.