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    Ford Trucks to Get 62 MPG?

    I have more ideas than ambition.


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    Seems hard to do to me. I can see a 30 MPH truck, but not 60. I also think there is a definition/rules problem here. A "King Ranch" F-150 is a fancy, big car that can carry stuff. You basic F-150 is a truck used for work, not driving to work. And putting an SUV for people on a truck chassis to get the "Truck" rules/ratings is a little cheezy too. Not sure how you determine what the "actual use" is, both at the manufacturing end and at the end user end.

    I would imagine that far fewer people would be driving their V8 trucks to work when gas is $6 per gallon. As such, I'd focus the mileage requirements on passenger cars and let free market (cost of truck/cost of gas) drive the truck mileage requirements. If a Ford got 28 MPG and a Chevy got 18 MPG, the market will take it from there.

    The new, complex engines talked about can't be cheap... (or even reasonably priced).

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    I think there is a bunch of smoke and mirrors and Popular Mechanics pie-in-the-sky predictions here in this article. Granted I'm not an automotive power plant engineer; but there comes a point where getting more blood out of the internal combustion turnip is going to cease.

    I think it's going to take a radically different approach to powering these pickups to even approach 30 - 35 MPG or the equivalent thereof. What that power-plant of the future will be is anyone's guess. I kept hoping that hydrogen and/or fuel cells would be the answer; but that seems to have dropped off the radar.

    Aerodynamics is going to play a big role too; but once again streamlining a rolling brick won't be easy.
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