100 MPG Car
Times of London on Toyota's 100 MPG Car
At 100 MPG, the Toyota Eco Spirit was the talk of the fuel economy car industry in 2002. With both car mileage over 100 MPG and with the lowest exhaust emissions and a very reasonable sticker price, the Eco Spirit's debut was widely anticipated (see Times of London article below). Now, several years later, what happened to it? If you do an Internet search, you will find that Toyota decided not to be move forward with it. Why in these times of soaring oil prices would they not rush this car into mass production?
Have you ever wondered why car mileage has improved little over the years? The November 1941 issue of Popular Mechanics (pp. 1-6) reported "The average gasoline consumption in the 1930's and 1940's was 15-20 miles per gallon, slightly higher for some cars." In 2004, the San Francisco Chronicle reported: "While official overall gas mileage of new U.S. passenger cars rose from about 14 miles per gallon in the late 1970s to a peak of 22 miles per gallon in 1987, it has since declined to 21 miles per gallon."
So the average car mileage today has dropped from 20 years ago, and is not much improved over 60 years ago. Consider that in the same amount of time we've achieved quantum technological leaps in computers, genetics, electronics, engineering, plastics, and almost every other industry. Does this make sense? Why is it that the fields of transportation and energy have progressed at a comparative snail's pace? Could it possibly be that corporate profit and greed keep technology from advancing in these critical sectors?
And does it also strike you as unusual that today's cars use the same basic internal combustion engine that was developed over 100 years ago? Does all of this make any sense when computers and other advanced technologies could not only greatly improve gas mileage, they could create entirely new engines? I have a good friend who not long ago developed an entirely new kind of engine with greatly increased mileage and reduced emissions, only to have it ruthlessly suppressed by forces beyond his control. I know of many more who have had similar experiences. If you want to understand the reasons behind all of this, I highly encourage you to read our two-page energy summary available here.
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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,588-451038,00.html - Link to Times of London Article
Toyota smashes fuel economy record
October 20, 2002
Tucked away on the Toyota stand you will find a
cheeky little coupé that looks sporty but whose raison d'être is fuel
economy, the lowest exhaust emissions and ease of recycling. The ES3 – the
initials stand for Eco Spirit – achieves 104mpg in the official European
fuel consumption tests, a record for a four-seat car.
Some months ago I drove this prototype and not only is it even more economical than the special "3 litre" (three litres of fuel for every 100km travelled, or 94mpg) versions of the Audi A2 and VW Lupo that sell in Germany, but the Toyota is more lively and responsive and would be very acceptable as an everyday car.
The ES3 has a 1.4 litre turbocharged diesel engine and CVT (continuously variable transmission). The engine cuts out when the car stops, automatically and instantly restarting when you touch the accelerator to move off again. Energy that would be lost from braking is used to charge the car's battery, and the body panels are made from biodegradable plastics. You will see more of these things in future Toyotas.
For what happened to the Eco Spirit, here is the writing of one person who tried to find out:
For an excellent article which provides additional information on this topic, including an detailed list of inventions which greatly improve gasoline mileage reported over the years in respected magazines:
For many other inventions making energy available for very low cost:
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