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Posted by cjt on August 12, 2009, 1:47 am
Bob F wrote:

Who will spend $0K on a car with a basic range of 40 miles?

Posted by Bob F on August 12, 2009, 5:07 am
cjt wrote:

My guess - lots of people. Just like those who buy Prius's.

Posted by News on August 12, 2009, 11:52 am

It has a range of around 250-300 miles.  The 40 miles is on battery alone.
When the battery is low the engine/genny alone will power the driving motor.
At this point they still talk of around 60mpg as the engine is designed for
maximum fuel efficiency.

A link was given to Illmors 5 cycle engine designed for maximum efficiency
and this sort of thing would be ideal for turning a genny to power motor
only driven cars, running at constant speed.  Not forgetting home or other
genny uses.  Stirlings come to mind as well for this application.

Posted by (PeteCresswell) on August 12, 2009, 4:35 pm
 Per News:

I was looking at trading my 15 mpg vehicle for something that got
20 mpg.

Looked to me like an absolute minimum of $,000 to make the

At $.00/gallon gas, that's 5/15 = 33 vs 25 cents per mile for
gas.   i.e. a savings of 33-25 = 8 cents per mile.

Miles tb driven to recoup $,000 = 5000 / .08 = 62,500 - which
barely works on a used car.

And $,000 was, IMHO, almost unrealistically conservative....

Posted by user on August 12, 2009, 6:23 pm
 (PeteCresswell) wrote:

Shitty trade up Pete ;~) ( 15-20 mpg) .That's not much of a difference,
you could have lightened your foot and got 20mpg without trading at all.
My last trade was from 25 mpg to 53 mpg, one worth doing.

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