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U.S. panel finds technology can boost vehicle efficiency

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U.S. panel finds technology can boost vehicle efficiency

BY JUSTIN HYDE

FREE PRESS WASHINGTON STAFF

WASHINGTON – A long-delayed federal report on future technology for making vehicles more efficient finds several options that could boost mileage by 50% but add up to $9,000 to the cost of a new vehicle.

The study by the National Academies of Science was supposed to be released in 2008, but took longer than expected and was outpaced by Congress, the Obama administration and California officials as they set new fuel economy standards. The government has set a target for new U.S. vehicles to average 34.1 mpg by 2016, with reductions in carbon emissions raising the requirement to 35.5 mpg.

The panel found that based on a 2007 vehicle, available technology could boost a typical gasoline engine’s efficiency by 29% at a cost of $2,200. Switching to diesel engines would offer a 37% increase for $5,900 per vehicle, while a hybrid could offer up to a 50% improvement for $9,000.

Many of the technologies listed in the report have already been adopted to some degree by automakers, who are rolling out 2011 model year vehicles now and are close to completing engineering work through the 2013 year.

The study also considered more exotic technology, such as plug-in hybrids and homogenous charge combustion, where gasoline engines use diesel-type compression rather than a spark for ignition. But it said beyond a five-year window, forecasting what technology would work best for the lowest cost was too difficult.

It also recommended that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rework window stickers on new vehicles to give fuel consumption figures – such as gallons burned per 100 miles travelled – in addition to traditional fuel economy numbers, so that owners know more about how much fuel they use.

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http://www.freep.com/article/20100603/BUSINESS01/100603031/1331/U.S.-panel-finds-technology-can-boost-vehicle-efficiency

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Drew Dowdell    5,164

Wow.

What a waste of.... everything.

The panel found that based on a 2007 vehicle, available technology could boost a typical gasoline engine’s efficiency by 29% at a cost of $2,200. Switching to diesel engines would offer a 37% increase for $5,900 per vehicle, while a hybrid could offer up to a 50% improvement for $9,000.

It doesn't cost $5,900 more to get a diesel. The Jetta TDI is $4,535 more than a base Jetta, however because of the way VW packages their cars, part of that price difference is in other items such as 6-speed manual instead of 5-speed, standard satellite radio with 6-disk changer and steering wheel controls on the TDI, an A/C power outlet... etc.

There is only about a $3,000 price difference between a Ford Fusion I4 with otherwise similar equipment to a Ford Fusion Hybrid.

What needs to start happening is a change in perception of 4-cylinder engines. The new 4-cylinders with turbo and DI can be a suitable alternative to V6es in many typical Generica applications.

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pow    106

Wow.

What a waste of.... everything.

It doesn't cost $5,900 more to get a diesel. The Jetta TDI is $4,535 more than a base Jetta, however because of the way VW packages their cars, part of that price difference is in other items such as 6-speed manual instead of 5-speed, standard satellite radio with 6-disk changer and steering wheel controls on the TDI, an A/C power outlet... etc.

There is only about a $3,000 price difference between a Ford Fusion I4 with otherwise similar equipment to a Ford Fusion Hybrid.

What needs to start happening is a change in perception of 4-cylinder engines. The new 4-cylinders with turbo and DI can be a suitable alternative to V6es in many typical Generica applications.

Not only that... but the Cruze 1.4T practically gets 2.0 TDI fuel economy. 30/41 for the diesel Jetta and 27/40 for the Cruze Eco. And keep in mind the majority of buyers are going to opt for the turbo motor over the $2K cheaper 1.8 model.

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loki    286

olds you're talking of a gov panel making these costs.. you think they understand even 1/2 of what they're talking about?

mean while 1 million+ independent panels find gov panels wasteful. hehe ;)

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FAPTurbo    1,093

It required a panel to do this? Automakers have been touting this since... ever...

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