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US Federal mileage requirement: 27.5 mpg

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The fleet average for passenger cars in the US must be 27.5 mpg, a figure that has not changed for 31 years: it was enacted by Congress in 1975.

In the meantime, from Business Week:

UBC Team
Boston to Seattle for $3, not including food and lodging? That’s what a cross-country trek would cost if you drove the winner of last month’s Supermileage race in Marshall, Mich., sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers. Built by students at the University of British Columbia in Canada, this year’s winner [photo shows the winning vehicle and team – LG] can go 3,134 miles on one gallon of gas. More go-cart than SUV, the three-wheeler relies on ultralight materials, sculpted aerodynamics, and a 54cc engine to max out mileage.

Granted that the 3,134 mpg vehicle really isn’t a car, in the usual sense of the word. Still, you’d think the US could do better than 27.5 mpg. Even just 300 mpg—a tenth of what the University of British Columbia team achieved—would be a big help.

How’s the weather? Hot enough for you? Sure makes the corn grow… until it gets hot enough for the corn to wither in the field.

Written by Leisureguy

20 July 2006 at 7:43 pm

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  1. Filled up the tank of the acient Toyota this afternoon. Here in the Netherlands, gas is the equivalent of more than $7 per gallon.

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    Happy Jack the early bird

    21 July 2006 at 8:32 am

  2. “The fleet average for passenger cars in the US must be 27.5 mpg, a figure that hasn’t changed for 31 years: it was enacted by Congress in 1975.”

    What a disgrace to both Democrat and Republican administrations … and to Congress!

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    Steven

    21 July 2006 at 12:09 pm


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