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Posted On: 1/3/2013 9:16AM
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Think we pay a lot for gas? Well, check out this cool infographic by the folks at Car and Driver. Some people definitely have it worse... Click here to enlarge 

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Avatar By: retroman
1/3/2013 10:15 AM

Yeah, we have it easy. If we had to pay what Europe does, it would spur efficiency wars like no other. I would love to be able to buy an 80mpg Jetta here. It sickens me to know that most of what I pay doesn't go to the gas station or even Big Oil, but to the government. If Congress would cut the taxes and make diesel the cheaper fuel (because it is cheaper to produce), it would in my opinion be a kick start for the economy. It's not the loud dirty black smoke spewing substance it once was. Clean diesel is a viable option and an easily obtainable one when it comes to efficiency.

 
Avatar By: SuzyBruisy
1/3/2013 10:25 AM

Nuts to ever living in Europe.

 
Avatar By: cknarf
1/3/2013 2:45 PM

Damn. Those Saudis got it made when it comes to gas prices.

 
Avatar By: tuner911
1/3/2013 3:24 PM

Don't worry....after America sees this they'll just attack whoever is better off....what am I saying, for once they have an educated president who isn't member of the NRA

 
Avatar By: flash_169
1/3/2013 4:02 PM

here's a few reasons why gas prices are cheap in ksa -no taxes where in uk for example have it taxed close to 70 percent -they don't have to pay for it to be shipped across the world -its available in abundance

 
Avatar By: ThatDudeZach
1/3/2013 8:23 PM

tuner911, no offense but fuck off

 
Avatar By: tazgts
1/4/2013 5:53 AM

I have relatives in Finland and Sweden, you just don't drive cars up there unless your rich (because cars thenselves are thrice as expensive) or rally racing lol.

 
Avatar By: djlantis57
1/4/2013 3:07 PM

ZachAkaBlackary, I second that motion! Except I mean it with full offense, tuner911

 
Avatar By: tuner911
1/4/2013 3:22 PM

Too funny to care ;) I feel good being part of a smart non obese country

 
Avatar By: MopTop
1/4/2013 7:14 PM

He said educated president bawhahahah Regardless, people will buy gas guzzlers over fuel efficient cars. But than again, people will drive to buy fast food rather than be health. I wonder why no one has came out with steam power cars again, oh thats right greed.

 
Avatar By: gold94corolla
1/4/2013 9:39 PM

Time to move to the Middle East... yeah right.

 
Avatar By: flash_169
1/5/2013 8:36 AM

@gold94corolla it depends where in the middle east

 
Avatar By: tuner911
1/5/2013 1:52 PM

With all dumb jokes set aside...by me @moptop, good point but I believe the only reasons steam cars were se aside by auto builders was because of there vulnerability and risk of exploding, after all they did run on pressure and it wasn't uncommon for them to explode...not to mention brass welding wasn't exactly the strongest thing against heat and that too was abandoned after MIT welding became the welding method of choice in most modern applications....besides structural where stick welding is the method of choice.

 
Avatar By: tuner911
1/5/2013 1:59 PM

Mig** but than again we are a consumer society were we spend money on the most expensive things whenever possible, so greed is the name of the game.

 
Avatar By: retroman
1/5/2013 5:53 PM

@tuner911, Let's not forget that before a steam engine can go anywhere, you have to wait for the water to boil. Maybe there're ways to flash boil water out there, but no one has applied it to steam engines.

 
Avatar By: flash_169
1/5/2013 8:02 PM

you could use electricity to boil the water and attach some kind of wind power generator so that you could recharge the electricity

 
Avatar By: retroman
1/5/2013 10:54 PM

flash_169, no offense, but what you are proposing is a perpetual motion machine. Man has tried to build one for centuries but there's just no circumventing the laws of physics. No machine can achieve the 100% efficiency required for perpetual motion. Take the internal combustion engine as an example. In a gallon of gasoline, only about 33% is converted to kinetic energy to push the piston downward. The rest is converted to heat, light, and sound while some vapors aren't converted to any for of energy at all. Of the 33% that is kinetic energy, it is safe to say that at least 15% of that is lost in the drivetrain through friction, vibration, noise, heat, and just the amount of kinetic energy it takes to keep the mass of those components in motion. In any machine, new energy must be injected to counter the losses attributed to entropy. In the internal combustion engine, the new source of energy is more gasoline being introduced into the combustion chamber.

 
Avatar By: flash_169
1/5/2013 11:18 PM

i know about the part of it not being 100% efficient but but what i was trying to suggest is making it more efficient it whatever way it could be, but could you have any suggestions of making a machine more efficient?

 
Avatar By: retroman
1/6/2013 1:03 AM

Reducing friction is the most obvious answer. Next in line would be using lighter weight components that also simultaneously retain or exceed the strength of the original components. Old steam engines were often made from cast iron. Using steel or aluminum alloy would be a much better solution while using a heat inductive metal like copper would allow the water to be heated more quickly and efficiently. If I were to build a steam engine, would use the vehicle's exterior surface as much as possible to take advantage of solar energy. A car in a parking lot can bake the interior to 120 degrees so why not harness that energy. Of course the sun isn't available all the time, so I would also use propane for my steam locomotive as it burns cleanly and is relatively cheap. Steam engines really haven't been used a whole lot since the 1930s when diesel replaced them on the rails, but I imagine you could do 100s of things to update them. Who knows you might be able to super heat the water through infrared or other radio waves. I heat water in the microwave all the time. It's quicker than boiling on the stove. To make steam a viable option again, I think it all comes down to how quickly and efficiently you can heat the water. That's what killed the original steam cars because you had to wait a half an hour to build up enough pressure to travel anywhere.

 
Avatar By: flash_169
1/6/2013 1:14 AM

what do you think about this idea of using dry ice to produce pressure since you were talking about a car can bake the interior to 120 degrees during the day

 
Avatar By: flash_169
1/6/2013 1:16 AM

and what about using nuclear energy if we could make into a small package

 
Avatar By: flash_169
1/6/2013 1:18 AM

enough to power an electric engine

 
Avatar By: retroman
1/6/2013 1:47 AM

Nuclear is a good idea, but I think a lot of folks are scared of it. Scientists are currently working on fusion. We currently use fission. Fusion is more closely to what stars like our sun do. While fission leaves radioactive waste, Fusion re-bonds the subatomic particles into new elements. Our sun converts hydrogen into helium.

 
Avatar By: ThatDudeZach
1/6/2013 11:03 PM

nuclear cars would be pretty sweet

 
Avatar By: Rotpus_Eyeball
1/7/2013 7:26 AM

I'm close to perfecting my hamster gas. Once finalized, my hamster-derived fuel will cost 0.50 cents a gallon. And they said I was nuts!!

 
Avatar By: 98nizzonrt
1/7/2013 11:56 AM

Yeah by the look of this chart, we don't have it near as bad as some countries. I think alot of the reason alot of Americans don't want a Fiat 500 or a Smart car (or whatever small death trap you can insert here) as their everyday transportation is because America is a big country. The nostalgia of driving across this great nation hasn't left alot of people. We like to cruise down the highway in something big and safe and not get blown off the road when an 18-wheeler passes us. Also, alot of America is rural and used for farming. You need a truck or SUV to haul things around. Hybrid and other fuel-efficient cars are catching on but not like the automakers and/or the government hoped. I personally have 2 kids so I need a safe 4-door sedan. Not ready to move up to a crossover or other SUV-type vehicle.

 

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