Posted by The I'm done being benevolent on May 2, 2006, 10:21 pm
The VW diesel Rabbit was able to approach 50 Mpg a number of years ago...
Yep, I think it was the smell. Diesel is also easier to refine.
Posted by Morton Linder on May 3, 2006, 3:20 am
One of the problems in the USA is that our diesel fuel has a lot of
sulfur, which makes for stinky polluting exhauts gases. If and when we
can get low sulfur diesel fuel, the situation could then improve.
Posted by Bob Wilson on May 3, 2006, 11:24 am
52 City - my NHW11 Prius
50 Highway - typical diesel specs
Atkinson cycle means 1:8 compression stroke and 1:13 expansion with
attendant improvement in thermal dynamic efficiency. Then the hybrid
transmission and control laws allows avoidance of inefficient energy
Posted by Dave on May 3, 2006, 1:23 pm
Because the US uses a dirty blend of diesel fuel. That is scheduled to
change in a year or 2 with a mandate for clean diesel fuel.
Posted by richard schumacher on May 3, 2006, 2:39 pm
Ultra-low-sulfur (<= 15 ppm) Diesel fuel becomes mandatory for retail
sale in the US on 1 Oct 2006. It was to be 1 July, but the Bush
Administration, god bless 'em, decided that the poor old oil bidnis
needed some more help.