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30 mpg is Laughable ~ US Auto Makers are Joking, right?

By Chris V. Thangham     May 26, 2007 in Environment
In 90 years the auto industry has produced cars with only 30 mpg from 13 mpg.
The video of Chrysler boasts that its cars are fuel efficient and has “great fuel economy” when they only give 30 mpg.
The article rightly says what is there to boast about, this is the 21st century and you are proud of having 30 miles per gallon? According to one source:
After 1920, mpg seems to have stayed in the range of 13-15 mpg until federally-mandated fuel economy standards were enacted in the 1970’s. As a result, fuel-efficiency increased from 13 mpg to 21 mpg over the next 25 years (after 1970).
In 90 years the cars are giving only 30 mpg from 13 mpg despite the advances in technologies. The author says where are the innovations?
An import like Prius on the other hand is getting 60 miles per gallon on the city twice as the Chrysler’s and gives 51 miles per gallon on the highway.
With the latest technology we have compared to what people had 90 years ago, we should have reached or crossed 100 miles per gallon, but still lagging.
I think the car manufacturers have the technology but don’t want to do so, since there is no real competition, even with lower share they are making big profits and add to it the interests from the loans, they are sitting pretty. I hope innovation comes from some pioneer that will make this auto industry obsolete. The Auto industry is too comfortable and won’t make any changes.
What are your thoughts about the slow pace in fuel economy cars?
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