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Engadget – February 21, 2008
I realize that there has been a lot of discussion on automobiles lately but I also know that a good number of my regular readers are concerned with the automotive industry and its impact on the environment.
Some people believe that switching to diesel for our liquid fuel would be a more appropriate and cleaner alternative to using gasoline. I am not sure that the chemistry really works out but I hope that the industry continues to evolve.
I originally found this article on Engadget but the original story comes from MSN and that is where the following excerpts come from.
The idea is deceptively simple. Forget about fancy batteries, regenerative braking, and alternative fuels. Instead, make a car that’s elegant in its minimalism and efficiency. The Loremo’s German designers revisited the basics — engine efficiency, low weight, and minimal drag — to create a car that offers fuel-efficiency in the neighborhood of 130 to 150 miles per gallon. The Loremo is likely to dazzle drivers not with its acceleration, but with its ability to drive from New York to L.A. with only three stops at the pump.
…the Loremo puffs out a mere 50 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer. This is about 40 grams less per kilometer than the tiny diesel smart. According to its creators, this will make the Loremo the most efficient production car ever sold.
The Loremo was one of the first cars entered in the Automotive X PRIZE, a high-profile contest offering a purse of $10 million or more for a vehicle that can prove 100-mile-per-gallon performance as well as economic viability.
Cars need to be downsized. Why do we need two tons of steel to bring a 180-pound human from one place to another? That must change.
You can read the original news story here.
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