solo-act wrote:Did you guys know their electric is at 200+MPGe?
Yeah, just like some of the others are at 350.
Back in 80's it was quite common for there to be people running around looking for investors in their carburetor touting 84mpg and up. They'd run such demonstrations of a car with a dry tank being pushed or towed to speed on a closed course then released to run on a quart of gas you could see hanging over the windshield, off the side of the drivers door, etc. A very impressive display to watch the car go 21 miles or whatever so you could multiply it by 4. Magazines were allowed to have their own mechanics look over the car to find whatever trick they could, none were found. They didn't get the chance to check anything in the tuning of the car, however.
So more than one magazine did tests of their own. Usually it would amount to taking a car identical to whatever production model was used in the test and simply installing the same sort of reservior hanging a quart of gas in plain view, with a petcock so they could switch over once the car was at speed on the freeway. Thus brought the amazing discovery that some of these cars that were rated under 40mpg by the government were in fact getting over 60mpg in these controlled situations. The supposition was made that, with the right detuning, you would be getting over 80mpg at freeway speeds with the stock equipment --- although you might have some difficulty getting to freeway speeds. Anyone who fell for these demonstrations and invested in the carburetor lost it all. I'm sure the people putting on the demo made out like bandits --- because they WERE bandits.
I'm still waiting to see this 3 cent per mile car that EVERY electric has claimed to be. Nobody who was actually using such a car ever agreed it could do so well. Will anyone ever tell the true story? Often the truth is good enough, but they just want to claim MORE. . . .
Love the Lotus/Caterham. I had much of the kitcar built when NASA did away with their Se7ens Challenge, at least in California. It's still taking up space in my garage. Meanwhile, another thread just had this car posted where the BODY was a luxury item. Reminds if of the post war Velorex in Europe, where you'd put a tarp on to drive in bad weather.http://switchvehicles.com/