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Hellooooooooo what happen to the gasoline cars from 1965 that got 50 mpg? V W beetle. Toyota Celica 1981 49 mpg,  all on gasoline. and were the cheapest cars to buy. What happen? Chevrolet even made a 3 cyl. that got 50 mpg GEO Metro,... what happen to cheap cars that got 50 mpg?
Nov 10, 2013 4:38AM
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Really? Like these figures are great. I had an 85 1/2 Ford Escort - carbureted - gasoline -that got 52mpg and no Hybrid crap to break down. And why isn't the Fisker Karma on this list? It gets 110mpg.

The car manufacturers have been building prototypes for well over 30 years that get upwards of 100mpg on pump gas but the Government and the oil cartel will never allow them to be built.

Nov 10, 2013 5:02AM
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Well all I have to say is that my mother (god rest her sole) had a La - Car (French I believe) and it got 45 miles to the gallon 28 years ago without the use of electric. So all I can say is why are the cars now, with the addition of electric, not getting 75 or 80 miles to the gallon ???????????? They more than likely have the technology just not using it.

 

Nov 10, 2013 5:41AM
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My son-in-law and daughter have a Chevy Volt. They fuel it with electric power from their photovoltaic system. They, therefore, get 'free' power for their vehicle and their home from the utility company and are additionally paid by the utility for doing so. No skepticism here.
Nov 10, 2013 4:28AM
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unkyjack was 100 per cent correct!!  This Article (story( is titled as:
The term 'fuel efficient' means that it does run on fuel.  Well, like unckyjack mentioned, the Tesla does not.  I know a lot of writers for msn autos dept that NEED TO DO THEIR HOMEWORK before they put it in print........
Nov 6, 2013 12:34PM
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For people who keep a car for 5-7 years a hybrid is good, long term it's an additional cost of ownership taking care of degraded batteries. That's why I would suggest a lease, the battery technology is constantly improving and you don't want to be stuck with something out of date. Example- NiMH batteries have been replaced with Li-ion. For people that put a lot of highway miles on a vehicle and a lease is not an affordable option, plenty of gasoline and diesel vehicles get excellent HWY MPG at affordable prices. Porsche and F1 are actively developing flywheel technology which isn't anything new but would make a great replacement for Li-ion battery technology in hybrids. It has a higher regenerative braking recovery rate and cycle life isn't an issue, it also doesn't suffer memory effect, use rare earth metals, is safer than Li-ion, and isn't as temperature sensitive.
Nov 10, 2013 4:14AM
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What do these hybrids and electrics do for the electric bill ?  If I drive 200 miles per month, about how many kW/h is needed ?
Nov 10, 2013 4:13AM
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This is a decent article, it lets you know what's out there, but it's a mixed bag as opposed to the Lead Title, Best Fuel Sippers, It would be great to know what the Mileage Range is on the Electric Cars, as they do not Technically use Fuel, Unless you count how much Coal, Gas, or Oil, a Power Plant uses to make the Kilowatt's needed to make the Electricity to power the Vehicle. You list the MPGe on the Electrics, but Range and Re-charging time is really More Important, All in all a fair Article. Oh yeah where are the Diesels??
Nov 6, 2013 3:25PM
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I'd be curious to see how that VW Jetta hybrid would perform if the gasoline engine were replaced with a diesel powerplant in combination with the electric motor power. I believe BMW has designed a concept diesel hybrid for their large 7-Series sedan and it provides upwards of 600lbs of torque. BMW has also designed a small sports car hybrid that produces 109HP per cylinder out of a 3-cylinder diesel, and combines with the electric motors for over 400lbs of torque.
Nov 10, 2013 9:15AM
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The rest of the world (including countries greener than the US), has embraced clean diesel.  I'm tired of Americans being force-fed electrics and hybrids.  They make sense in urban traffic, but most of my driving is highway where I enjoy 50+ MPG and a 1000-mile range in my Passat TDI.   It makes no sense for me to drive a hybrid with heavy electric motors and a trunk-full of batteries that aren't being used.
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