Affordable Fuel Efficient Vehicles (Not In The US)

Smart vs. Hummer H2

I’m a fan of the Smart, the fuel efficient European roadster that’s smaller than a Mini (see above). It’s coming to America, but indirectly and not without some complexity. Oddly, considering the current energy crisis and that buyers appear to be looking for more efficient vehicles now, there’s a lot of red tape involved with bringing efficient vehicles new or old to the US.

Take these Japanese K-Cars that get around 50 miles per gallon and can be imported and bought used for under $5000, but only in Canada. There’s a company importing small, efficient trucks, but only for farm-use in the US. In short, other than big trucks and expensive hybrids, all we have are pogo-sticks and mono-wheelers.

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  5. Check out the 3 wheeled Xebra electric car at zapworld.com.

    It’s 4 door, has about a 40 mph top speed, 40 mile range, available roof mounted solar panel & it is licensed as a motorcycle.

    It’s $10,000 w/out the solar panel or 12,000 w/out the solar panel. It’s pretty interesting.

    zapworld.com also sells the smart & other electric transportation devices…It’s a cool company.

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  8. The real problem is that General Motors etc. has bought out all of the gas efficient carb’s from independent people that are just like you and me. These people have invented carburetors that get 200 mpg and General Motors contacts them, offers a hefty payoff to all rights and then keeps the design, while we pay the high gas prices. That is what the problem is. It is all about greed and money to these larger companies and the working people of America are paying the price. No one looks into it too much because they come up missing. It really is a problem that people need to rally together to stop. Refusing to buy cars that get less than 200 mpg is possible and would create positive changes. Let’s start talking, thinking and doing like Martin Luther King. He had a dream and we should all have a dream to be treated fairly. Type in 200 mpg carburetors in your google search browser and look into this. It is not a myth.

  9. Investigations on those who have created these fuel efficient carburetors or who have put up a fight against the large companies (oil companies and general motors etc.)and have mysteriously died or come up missing should be widely publicized, but yet they never make it on the news at all, ironic.
    ” The Water Fuel Cell” by Stanley Meyer. Pub 1991. — It has been said he ran a VW dune buggy on water only. He tried for years to get financial help; but when he finally got it, he died mysteriously while celebrating the deal. A newspaper stated “His car and information were seized with no one explaining how he did it.” This is his original information and articles on his system, — 2 books over 180 pages. $30.00

    The environment is very important and environmental friendly & also affordable inventions do exist. So long as the oil companies don’t keep adding additional additives to create counter effects to those trying to make a positive difference.
    “Secret Super Mileage Report” by Bruce McBurney, Pub. 1996. — The facts on special carburetors and how they produced natural gas and methanol for greatly increased gas mileage–up to five times, and how they drastically cut pollution. If you care about clean air and a healthy planet for your children, you need to know and share this information. This book explains how any of the pioneers in this movement set the stage for the new developments in this field. However, they didn’t understand that the chemistry of the reaction or how the additives in gas prevented the systems from working. This book comes with a money back guarantee if you are not convinced.Over 1600 copies sold (with only 2 refunds). A must read for any researcher, environmentalist, or skeptic. — 68 pages. $19.95 partial text on web site www,himacresearch.com

  10. We stayed with an employee of Mercedes in Germany who drives a Smart Car. He and his wife liked the 4/4 version but they were unimpressed with the mileage. Honda made a 50 mpg car years ago and and I drove a nearly 50 mpg LeCar (r4) for years (loved it but eventually could not get parts). Some of our German family members say the Smart has a tendency to rollover. I am not trying to knock the car but Consumer reports was not impressed. I would want to check this very attractive car out very carefully before purchase.

  11. why don’t the gov. want cars that have high gas milage that don’t cost 40k or more the cars i’m instread is mazda mini truck & citron truckrtte why don’t the big three fiquere out to get the kind of these in usa

  12. THE ONLY COMPANY THAT I HAVE READ ABOUT THAT I THINK HAS A SOLUTION TO SOLVE THIS OIL DEPENDENCY AND ENVIROMENTAL PROBLEM IS A CALIFORNIA COMPANY CALLED GREEN SOLUTIONS & TECHNOLOGIES L.L.C.. THEY HAVE AND ARE STILL DEVELOPING A NETOWRK OF EXISTING GAS STATIONS TO PROVIDE ALTERNATIVE FUELS. THIS WAY YOU SOLVE THE CHICKEN OR EGG PROBLEM. ONCE THIS NETWORK IS UP PEOPLE WILL CONSIDER BUYING A CAR THAT RUNS ON SOMETHING OTHER THAN GAS!! THANK GOD SOMEONE ACTUALLY THOUGHT OF THIS AND THIS GIVES ME INSENTIVE TO BUY A FLEX FUEL OR CNG VEHICLE.

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