Fuel Economy: The MPG illusion.
Quick, which of the following reduces gas consumption more?
a) trading in a 33 mpg car for a fuel-sipping 50-mpg car
b) trading in a 14 mpg SUV for a 16-mpg SUV hybrid.
Answer: They are both roughly the same. This not surprising once you apply a little math. "Miles per gallon is a ratio. Gas consumed is an inverse of that ratio. A ratio and its inverse do not have a linear relationship. They have a curvilinear one."
posted by storybored
on Dec 15, 2008 -
A tornado picks up a house
while a storm chaser tapes it. Later, he finds himself getting a little too close for comfort. (27 meg download - some swearing) Fortunately, no one was in that house at the time.
posted by pyramid termite
on May 16, 2004 -
Sure, we all know the story about how Detroit developed, and then kept under wraps, a 100mpg carburetor is false
. However, affordable 80mpg family sedans are
real: behold the Supercar
! They are the results of a nearly decade-long partnership between The Big Three
and the Clinton administration. However the program was quietly shelved last June, the victim of the Bush administration, and corporate backpedaling. Read the whole sordid tale here
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In the meantime, you'll have to settle for one of these
posted by thewittyname
on Dec 13, 2002 -