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300 MPG Car – Aptera Typ-1

Now here’s something you don’t see everyday. A car that gets 300mpg, can travel safely at highway speeds, can actually hold two adults, and doesn’t need solar panels.

It’s called the Aptera Typ-1, a three wheeled, highly aerodynamic car that can get up to 300 miles per gallon for the first 100 miles. This thing can actually drive across the country on a single tank of gas.

Here are some videos you can watch about this really nifty car:
Aptera Promo Video
Aptera Test Drive
CNN Report on the Aptera
Aptera on ABC

And while you can’t get one just yet, you can reserve yourself a production slot when the Apteras do start rolling off the assembly line by putting a $500 deposit on your credit card, but only if you live in California. Right now the website says that they expect to start delivering these vehicles to their new owners in about 12 months.

It comes in two configurations – all electric or plug-in hybrid. The all electric version can only go 120 miles on a single charge, and costs about $27,000, but the plug-in hybrid version can drive over 1000 miles on a single tank of gas and costs just under $30,000.

If I lived in California, this would definitely be on my list of vehicles to consider buying in the near future, and I hope they’re able to expand to make these vehicles available to the rest of the country soon… I want one.

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Posted: June 8th, 2008
at 5:40pm by Fuel Saver


Categories: Alternative Fuel Vehicles,Fuel Technology

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Is it time to buy a diesel?

ford f-250 diesel truckWhenever I tell anyone that I hope my next vehicle is a VW Jetta TDI, they all ask me two questions – 1) what the is it and 2) why would you want to drive a diesel when diesel prices are ridiculous.

Let’s start number one. The VW Jetta TDI is simply a diesel powered Volkswagon Jetta that gets more than 50mpg with a diesel engine – no complicated hybrid technology involved.

And for number 2… with diesel prices reaching $5/gallon why in the heck would anyone want to buy a diesel powered vehicle anymore? Well, first of all, it’s twice the gas mileage that most vehicles get and is even better mileage than the Toyota Prius gets. Also, diesel vehicles have proven that they tend to last a long time, typically easily reaching 200,000 – 300,000 miles. And if anything ever needs servicing on diesel vehicle it’s certainly going to cost less since most mechanics are quite familiar with diesel technology – the same can’t be said for hybrid technology.

Of course, the coolest thing about diesels is their ability to run on far cheaper fuel – vegetable oil. Instead of paying $4 or $5/gallon you can actually get your costs down to as low 46 cents per gallon for fuel.

Filling up the tank for less than $10? You can count me in. Now can you see why I want one?

And this can make getting that diesel powered truck a far more attractive option. Yesterday I was talking about how SUV and truck sales have plummeted with diesel trucks dropping $5000 in value or more. To me that screams opportunity. I could get myself a diesel truck (which always get better gas mileage than their conventional gasoline counterparts anyway) for far less than I could have a few months ago and start running the vehicle on vegetable oil and still pay far less in fuel costs than those Prius owners. Not only that, I wouldn’t be burning any fossil fuels so it’s far more enviromentally friendly.

So have I piqued your interest yet?

Well, if you think it’s worth a try, here’s what I’d recommend you do. You don’t need to go out and do a complicated biodiesel conversion to get started. Instead, you can get this really cool product called the “Diesel Secret” which is a fuel additive you add to the oil you’re going to use as fuel. You don’t need to perform any conversions on your vehicle. You just put in the fuel additive and run the oil through a filter and you’re all set. When it’s all said and done it takes just a little more time than normal to fill up your vehicle, but you end up only paying $.46/gallon or so and many people have reported that it actually makes their diesel engine run better than it did on regular diesel they purchased at the pump.

You can learn more about the Diesel Secret fuel additive here. If you are thinking about buying a diesel or you already own one, I’d definitely recommend taking a look at it.

Posted: June 6th, 2008
at 5:02pm by Fuel Saver


Categories: Alternative Fuel Vehicles,Fuel Technology,Gas Saving Tips

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Is The Gas Crisis Really A Good Thing?

Every Tuesday night I get together with some friends, play a little volleyball, drink some beers, and then we start chatting about the world’s problems and how we’d solve them.

We’ve discussed everything from the education system to religion to nuclear war. Pretty much whatever comes up, we’ll discuss.

And with gas prices being in the news so much lately, it’s probably not a surprise that we’ve discussed how to the pending disaster that high gas prices are. If another big hurricane hit the gulf of Mexico, gas prices could surge beyond $6/gallon.

However, I think that this gas crisis could actually end up being a good thing.

And before an angry mob shows up in front of my house to tar and feather me, let me explain.

When gas prices were at $1.50/gallon, did you really care how fuel efficient your vehicle was? My guess is probably not since gas guzzling SUVs were selling in record numbers.

But now with $4/gallon gas becoming a reality, a lot more people are demanding solutions. Whether it’s more fuel efficient vehicles, hybrid technology, electric vehicles, or simply walking more places, people are looking for a change.

And it’s really for us, right now, to bite the bullet and make the sacrifice to switch to a different fuel so that future generations don’t have to pay for our apathy and laziness.

And don’t kid yourself, that’s what we’ve become. We’ve become a society that only cares about “what’s in it for me.” We don’t think about the future. We’re living in a “what have you done for me lately” society and it’s a huge problem that may ultimately lead for our downfall, but I digress – let’s get back to gas.

If we were to say that we’re going to make the switch to electric/hydrogen hybrid vehicles and do so starting right now, not 10 years from now, there would certainly be plenty of growing pains. It would suck for us for a few years, but the technology would improve immensely very quickly, and we’d come out the other side much better.

I know we’ve been told the technology is years away from being commercially viable, but trust me, if we absolutely had to do it, we would and we’d do it in a hurry. Just think back to World War II – look how fast we developed new technology back then. Don’t tell me that 65 years later everything has to take 20 years. How about we just do it, get it done, and be done with it?

So my thought on these ridiculous high gas prices is that while they may not be pleasant, they will lead to change, and the higher they go, the faster things will change.

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Posted: May 26th, 2008
at 6:09pm by Fuel Saver


Categories: Fuel Technology,Gas Prices

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Is A Hybrid Really Worth The Extra Money

I just got done with an interview on Houston’s 1560 The Game about how to save money on gas and one thing that came up was if hybrid cars were really worth the extra money they cost.

I said no. You just don’t make up the extra cost when you drive them when compared to the non hybrid version of the car.

Then another guy came on and told me that with his Prius it’s totally worth it.

So let’s crunch some numbers here. Since the Prius is the most popular hybrid, I’d like to use that but there really is no comparable vehicle to compare it to so let’s instead use the the Toyota Camry and the Toyota Camry Hybrid.

The MSRP of the Toyota Camry is $19,380.
The MSRP of the Toyota Camry Hybrid is $27,389

The hybrid costs $8,009 more than the regular Camry. So if gas costs $4/gallon then you’ve got to make up 2,002 gallons of gas over the life of the vehicle to make up for the extra cost of the hybrid.

For the sake of simplicity, let’s just use city mileage since that’s where the hybird really makes a difference. The Camry gets 21mpg in the city and the Camry Hybrid gets 33mpg in the city.

Now let’s say you drive 100,000 miles (all city driving, of course). In the regular Camry you’d have used 4761 gallons of gas to do so.

With the hybrid you’d have used 3030 gallons of gas, a savings of 1731 gallons. So after 100,000 miles you’d still not have made up the difference. And let’s just say you drive 10,000 miles a year – after 10 years that hybrid you bought still hasn’t paid for itself.

Eventually, the hybrid will pay for itself if you only ever drive it in the city, but most of us don’t do that. We drive on the highway too, and on the highway the hybrid gets only a slight mileage advantage – 31mpg for the conventional engine and 34mpg for the hybrid engine.

I think the reason people think the Prius is such a good buy is because there is no conventional Prius to compare it to, but a conventional Prius would certainly cost thousands less and would still get pretty good gas mileage since it’s a small car. That’s what you need to remember. Of course Prius is going to look good when compared to a Hummer, buy so does just about every other vehicle.

That’s why I say it’s just not worth it.

I’d recommend waiting until the PHEVs are released (the plug-in electric hybrids) which will be in the next year or so or wait until the summer to get a 50mpg+ Volkswagon Jetta TDI (clean diesel powered car).

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Posted: May 8th, 2008
at 6:58pm by Fuel Saver


Categories: Fuel Technology,Gas Prices,Gas Saving Tips

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Hybrid SUVs

We’ve become an SUV loving country. After all what could be better than a vehicle that’s got plenty of room, goes just about anywhere, and makes you feel safe when you’re driving? The trouble is SUVs are gas guzzlers and they also aren’t great for our environment. However, that’s been changing over the past few years with the release of several models of hybrid SUVs. (Clean and efficient diesels are on their way too, but they’re not here yet.)

Here is the list of Hybrid SUVs available as of January 2008:
Chevy Tahoe Hybrid
Ford Escape Hybrid
GMC Yukon Hybrid
Lexus RX 400h
Mazda Tribute Hybrid
Mercury Mariner Hybrid
Saturn Vue Green Line
Toyota Highlander Hybrid

The Ford Escape – It is available as a FWD or 4WD unit. The 2WD gets 31 mpg in town and 36 mpg on the highway; while the 4WD gets 29 mpg in town and 33 mpg on the highway with a cruising range of 400 to 600 miles. Base price is $26,900 US.

A stock 2.3 liter, four cylinder engine is combined with a 65 kilowatt electric motor for a total of 155 HP. It has an electronically controlled automatic variable transmission; rack and pinion steering with electric power assist; and power assisted ABS 4 wheel disk brakes. Fuel capacity is 15 gallons/60 liters and it comes with 16” aluminum wheels.

Standard equipment includes air conditioning; ABS; roof rack; power windows, doors, and mirrors; AM/FM stereo with 6 disk CD; keyless entry; driver and front passenger air bag; intermittent wipers; and perimeter alarm.

The Lexus RX 400H 2WD – It gets 27 mpg in town and 31 mpg on the highway with a cruising range of 450 to 530 miles. Base price is $48,500 US.

The Lexus RX 400H comes with a stock 3.3 liter four cylinder engine, which is combined with permanent magnet electric drive motors for a total of 268 HP. It has electronically controlled automatic variable transmission; rack and pinion steering with electric power assist; and power assisted ABS 4 wheel disk brakes. Fuel capacity is 17.2 gallons/65 liters and it comes with 18” aluminum wheels.

Standard equipment includes dual zone automatic climate control, ABS, 8 speaker sound system with 6 disk CD, slide moon roof, power tilt, garage door transceiver, part time all wheel drive, voice activated navigation system, memory system, remote entry system, and accessory power outlet.

The Toyota Highlander – It is available as a FWD or 4WD unit. The 2WD gets 28 mpg in town and 33 mpg on the highway, while the 4WD gets 27 mpg in town and 31 mpg on the highway. Base price is $33,000 US.

It comes with a stock 3.3 liter double overhead cam V6 gas motor with 4500 rpm electric drive motors for a total of 268 HP. It has electronically controlled automatic variable transmission; electronic power steering; and ABS 4 wheel disk brakes. Fuel capacity is 17.2 gallons/65 liters and it comes with 17 1/2” five spoke aluminum wheels.

Standard equipment includes dual power tilt, moon roof with sunshade, roof rack, intermittent wipers, remote keyless entry, advanced airbag system, digital climate control system, power heated outside mirrors, and optional 4WD.

If you need a big SUV, then there are options available like the Chevy Tahoe Hybrid which gets a 25% fuel mileage improvement over the conventional gasoline powered SUV. Part of the savings come from the hybrid engine while part comes from the V-8′s ability to deactivate cylinders when not needed.

There’s quite a range in pricing between these hybrid SUVs; so you’ll want to do your research and find out which unit best meets your needs and provides the best value.

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Posted: January 22nd, 2008
at 5:51pm by Fuel Saver


Categories: Alternative Fuel Vehicles,Fuel Technology

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How Do Hybrid Vehicles Work?

How many times have you pulled up to the pumps lately only to be shocked at the price of gasoline? Suddenly your $50 tank of gas is costing $80. Have you considered trading your vehicle in for something that gets better fuel economy? How about one of those hybrid vehicles everyone seems to be talking about these days?

Hybrids are more fuel efficient than their conventional counterparts, so not only do they save you money when you fill up at the pump they also help reduce dependency on foreign oil and they give off less emissions, making them kinder to the environment.

Today, I’m going to take a look at how hybrids work.

Hybrid vehicles really aren’t that new a concept. You’ll find them all around you in commercial use. Giant mining trucks, submarines, buses, and even train engines all have a fuel source and an electrical source of power.

Most of the hybrid vehicles we are seeing on the market are gasoline and electric hybrids. This means they use both gas and electricity to power them. (In the future we may see hydrogen fuel cell and electric hybrids.)

The two power sources can be combined in different ways. The parallel hybrid has a fuel tank which supplies fuel to the engine and a set of batteries which supplies power to the electric motor. Both sources are able to turn the transmission.

The series hybrid is a little different. The gasoline engine turns a generator which can either power the electric motor that drives the transmission or charge the batteries. In this type of hybrid the gas engine never directly powers the vehicle.

With a hybrid car the gas engine can be a lot smaller than in a conventional car so it can be a lot more efficient. Acceleration requires a larger engine to produce the power needed, but by using a smaller engine and combining it with the assistance of an electrical motor that is operating at peak load the acceleration needs of a vehicle can be met.

Hybrid vehicles also capture the energy from the braking system. When the brake is applied, energy is removed from the car and dissipated as heat which is then captured and stored in the batteries for later use.

Hybrid cars also have an automatic shutoff, so when the vehicle comes to a stop the engine is shut off and then restarts automatically when the accelerator is touched. This conserves energy that would be wasted when idling.

Depending on the manufacturer, the technology is used in various forms but the basics remain simple. Hybrid technology in the consumer auto market is still relatively new but will continue to develop and improve.

Hybrid vehicles work efficiently to reduce tailpipe emissions and improve mileage. So if you are in the market for a new vehicle you might want to have a look at the hybrids.

Posted: January 18th, 2008
at 5:33pm by Fuel Saver


Categories: Alternative Fuel Vehicles,Fuel Technology

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What Are Fuel Catalysts, and How Do They Help Gas Mileage?

What would you say if I told you there’s a product you could use that would increase your car’s horsepower, decrease its emissions, and get you better gas mileage? You’d probably be totally for it or think I was completely insane. Well, there is iin fact a product that does all the above. Fuel catalysts are simply chemicals, usually in liquid or pill form, that you add into your gas tank (kind of like drinking a Red Bull, but for your car). After a short time, you’ll get better gas mileage, more power, and be helping the environment. And fuel catalysts not only work in cars, vans, and SUVs; they also work in motorcycles, boats, RVs, farm equipment, generators, and pretty much anything that uses petroleum based fuels. If these products sound like something you’re interesting in, just read on.

I’ve already told you what these fuel catalysts can do, but you’re also probably wondering what they are and how they work. A catalyst in a reaction is an extra ingredient that makes the reaction go faster or more efficiently. In the case of fuel catalysts, they make the reaction of burning fuel more efficient. They don’t actually mix with your gasoline; they chemically alter in to a different substance. This new type of fuel burns better than regular gasoline, making it more efficient.

So, how does this make your vehicle run better? When your vehicle runs normally, 85% of the energy produced by the reaction is heat. This means that only 15% of the energy is actually going into running your engine. Also, there are a lot of byproducts produced that build up in your engine, making it even less efficient. When you add a fuel catalyst, the burning of gasoline or diesel becomes more efficient. This makes the engine operate at a lower temperature; meaning that less of the energy is being lost as heat and more of the energy is being used to power your car. This increases your car’s horsepower and gas mileage. Adding a catalyst also produces fewer byproducts because of the increased efficiency of the reaction, meaning less buildup in your engine and even more efficiency. A cleaner engine also means that you’ll have fewer breakdowns and need fewer tune-ups. This saves you even more money!

I also mentioned earlier that these fuel additives help reduce pollution. When a catalyst is added to a reaction, this means more of the final product in produced and byproducts are reduced. The muck in your engine is one bad byproduct, but it’s not the only one. When fuel burns more efficiently, it produces more carbon dioxide and less carbon monoxide. You may think “but isn’t carbon dioxide bad?” Well, yes, but carbon monoxide is more toxic. Plus, even though you’re getting more carbon dioxide from each gallon; you’re burning fewer gallons overall, so it’s not really bad.

I’ve given you as much information about these products as I can, but I understand you may still be skeptical. The best way to find out if these products really work is to try them yourself. What I must warn you against is trying one dose of one of these products and then saying that it doesn’t work because there was little improvement. Depending on the age of your vehicle, there may be a whole lot of gunk inside it that needs to be cleaned out. It may take using one of these products several times to see noticeable results. So, if you’re really serious about saving money on gas and repairs, or on helping the environment; then you should stick with it before you decide this isn’t working for you.

Posted: January 11th, 2008
at 9:57pm by Fuel Saver


Categories: Fuel Technology,Gas Saving Tips

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Vehicles That Will Help You Save Money On Gas

Prices at the pump are rising steadily; more and more of the vehicles being released get very low gas mileage. This makes it really hard to get around town or to work, on a budget. Fortunately, there are plenty of options out there for someone who wants to get better gas mileage, make a “green” choice for the environment, and even one for your mid life crisis – a 130mph electric powered sportscar.

If you’re not ready to take the plunge and buy a hybrid or electric vehicle, there are many gas-engine cars that get very good gas mileage. For small cars, the mini cooper (28 city/36 highway) gets you the most miles for your gallon. If you’re looking at midsize or large cars, you should check out Hyundai. The Elantra gets 27 city/34 highway, and the Sonata get 24 city/34 highway. If you’re looking into station wagons, the Pontiac Vibe and the Toyota Matrix both get 30 city/36 highway.

If you’re looking for a car with even better gas mileage, you should check out hybrid cars. The concept of a hybrid is that its engine is actually a combination of two engines: a traditional gas engine, and an electric engine. Unlike true electric cars, the electric engine is charged by the gas engine, so there’s no need to plug it in. And while all the power is ultimately derived from the gas engine, these cars, van’s, and SUVs still get way batter gas mileage and saving you tons of money at the pump. If you’re looking simply for the best gas mileage overall, you should check out the Honda insight; it gets 60 mpg city, 66 mpg highway. Plus it’s from Honda so you can be confident you’re getting a solid long lasting vehicle. If you’re looking for an SUV, the vehicle with the best gas mileage is the Ford Escape hybrid. It gets 31 mpg city, 36 mpg highway. Imagine, getting the gas mileage of a car (or better) from an SUV.

Another option for saving fuel that will be available on the market soon is the plug-in hybrid. You’re probably thinking “why would I want to plug in my hybrid when I can just get a regular hybrid?’ One dollar to get as far as a gallon of gas, that’s why. A plug in hybrid is the same as a regular hybrid except you have the option of charging the electric engine. This means that if you only take short trips, your gas engine will rarely even have to turn on, and electricity gets you as far as a gallon of gas for about $1. And, unlike normal electric cars, you never have to worry about your battery dying so you can go as far as you want on your gas engine.

Another advance that shouldn’t be overlooked is the turbo diesel market. I know what you’re thinking – “Diesel? Are you kidding me? They’re loud, polluting, and they smell!”

That used to be the case, but due to a new law passed requiring ultra low sulfur diesel in the United States, diesel is ready for a comeback. And to help get the party started are a slew of vehicles coming 2008 and 2009, including the Volkswagon Jetta TDI (75mpg), the Audi A4, the BMW 3 Sedan (35 mpg+), the Honda Accord (50 mpg), and a Ford F-150 pickup that gets 31 mpg! While diesel may not be a solution that will eliminate our need for oil, it’s certainly one that can help you save big at the pump.

If you want to just skip the gas altogether, there have been some great advances in electric vehicles. You’ll forget everything you know about electric vehicles when you see the Tesla Motors Roadster. Seriously, check it out! It’s fully electric, so you can always get a gas mileage equivalent of about 135 miles per gallon. Unlike traditional electric cars, this one runs on a lithium ion battery, so it can go farther between charges (about 250 miles), it can go a lot faster (top speed of 130 mph), and to be honest, it just looks cooler.

With any type of vehicle, you should keep your car in good shape and making sure it gets regular tune ups, this will help keep up gas efficiency. Also remember that the weight of the vehicle matters. Carrying around stuff you don’t need and always having a full tank will raise your gas mileage.

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Posted: January 10th, 2008
at 9:45pm by Fuel Saver


Categories: Alternative Fuel Vehicles,Fuel Technology,Gas Prices,Gas Saving Tips

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Why Aren't Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) Available From Car Dealers?

With oil prices hitting $100/barrel, and ever present concerns about the stability of oil rich regions, have you wondered why auto manufactures aren’t rolling PHEVs off the assembly line yet?

I know I have. I’d really like to own a PHEV – the idea of a car that can drive around in town for 40 or 50 miles without firing its gasoline engine just seems really cool to me.

There are plenty of aftermarket companies popping up that will convert your Prius into a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle, but getting one is still a bit of a challenge.

So where are these PHEVs and why can’t I buy one from my local car dealer?

There are 3 major issues.

1) Lithium Battery Life

Some people are accusing the auto manufacturers of dragging their heels, but the real problem lies in the same thing that powers your laptop – the lithium ion battery.

You see, while a lithium ion battery usually does a good job of powering a laptop, cell phone, or power tool, have you noticed how these batteries lose performance after a few years. Heck, my cell phone is only 18 months old and its battery has gone from lasting almost 7 days to just over 2 days.

In the world of automobiles, long term battery performance like that of a cell phone is completely unacceptable. Automobile manufacturers need the batteries to last at least 10 years or 150,000 miles before you start seeing them.

Fortunately, several companies, such as A123Systems, are getting close to reaching those figures, so that hurdle is about to be cleared – likely sometime in 2008.

2) Battery Safety Concerns

The next major hurdle to jump is the safety of the batteries. I think just about everyone heard about the Dell battery recall in 2006. A battery that starts on fire in a laptop is major inconvenience; however, a battery that starts on fire while you’re driving 70mph down the Interstate can be a disaster. Lithium ion battery safety is the next big issue that’s keeping PHEVs from becoming production vehicles.

3) Battery Price

The last one is one of simple economics – price.

Currently, converting a Hybrid Electric Vehicle, like a Prius to a Plug-in Hybrid Electric vehicle will run you about $6,000 in parts, and that’s in addition to the premium you pay for the Prius. For production cars, you can initially expect the PHEVs to cost about $10,000 more than its conventional counterpart. Once production increases, that number will increase, but initially, there’s a much higher price to pay for a PHEV.

So while the technology is nearly ready (a lot closer than hydrogen), there are legitimate reasons why you’re not seeing Ford, GM, and Toyota introduce PHEVs to the market just yet. They’re coming, and soon, but for you if you want a PHEV, you’ll either have to do it yourself or have an aftermarket conversion company, like Hybrids Plus, to do it for you.

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Posted: January 7th, 2008
at 6:12pm by Fuel Saver


Categories: Alternative Fuel Vehicles,Fuel Technology

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Top 5 Advantages of PHEVs – Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles

Have a hybrid, but thinking about taking it to the next level by converting it to a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle?

If so, then this blog post is for you since I’ll be covering the top 5 advantages you’ll get by converting your hybrid car to a PHEV. (The Toytota Prius tends to be the best vehicles for this conversion, btw.)

Not only is this conversion more environmentally friendly, it’s going to help you save some green in another sense – some cold hard cash.

So here they are the Top 5 Advantages of PHEVs

1) Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) can get 100 mpg.

That’s right, if you’re going to use your PHEV for trips like your daily commute and you’ll be driving it less than 50 miles per day, you can get your gas mileage up over 100mpg. For long road trips, it will be less, but since most people take short trips on a day to day basis, you’ll be consuming very little gasoline. Some days your gas engine may not even need to turn on at all – which means no gas consumption at all.

2) PHEVs Are Cleaner Than Gasoline Powered Cars

One thing skeptics like to say about plug-ins is that they’re simply transferring the pollution from cars to power plants. While it’s true that PHEVs are transferring the pollution, it’s not an equal tradeoff. Studies show that using electric power in a vehicle results in 67% less greenhouse gases than using gasoline in a car – even when considering that half the power in this country comes from coal. That’s because large powerplants are far more efficient and are far cleaner than a conventional internal combustion engine.

3) Get cleaner as they get older.

Only PHEVs and 100% electric vehicles actually get cleaner as they get older due to the fact that the electrical grid gets cleaner every decade. A typical gasoline powered car gets less efficient as time goes on and becomes dirtier as it gets older.

4) Cheaper To Run And Maintain

While PHEVs and electric vehicles (EVs) cost more money upfront, they are actually cheaper to run and maintain than a regular non hybrid car. For example, if gas is $3/gallon, the very best non hybrid cars will cost 8 cents per mile for gas and gas guzzlers will cost 20 cents or more per mile. A PHEV, on the other hand, will cost only 2-4 cents/mile during short trips. Or if you’d like another way to look at it, when running on the electric engine, you’re getting the equivalent of 75 cent/gallon gas.

5) PHEVs Reduce Dependency On Foreign Oil

Since PHEVs run on entirely on batteries until the gas engine is needed, they end up requiring substantially less gasoline to run, especially during your daily commute or when your’e running errands around town. The power that runs your car coming from the power grid doesn’t depend on foreign oil – only 3% of electricy in the United States comes from oil. (About half comes from coal of which the United States has plenty of.) It’s been estimated that if everyone drove PHEVs, we’d need 55% less oil and we could eliminate foreign oil completely.

Posted: January 6th, 2008
at 6:10pm by Fuel Saver


Categories: Alternative Fuel Vehicles,Fuel Technology,Gas Saving Tips

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