I caught this news item this morning on the Marketplace Morning Report: Non-hybrid Axon takes on Prius. The body of the Axon car is carbon fibre, just like what’s used in Formula One racing cars. The resulting savings in weight gives the car a fuel economy rating of 80 miles per gallon, and that’s with a normal internal combustion gasoline engine. The best part: It’s expected to cost about as much as the average family car, according to Axon.
I couldn’t find information on whether it’s in production, or how far off production is, or whether it’s coming to the states eventually. There’s a link to Axon Automotive in the article, but it’s saying their bandwidth has been all used up for today.
I say “Wow.” Of course, there are comments on Marketplace’s website from naysayers. The basic point of most negative comments was, let’s not develop a better conventional gasoline-powered car, let’s develop an alternative fuel source. Which is all well and good, except we’ll be waiting for years to get an alternative fuel source and delivery system in place. In the meantime, here is a solution ready now, or close to ready, perhaps. It uses existing infrastructure, only more cheaply. And we have a need for any improvements that are possible now, while we’re waiting for the Big Shiny Thing to appear. Personally, I’d like to make some progress now if we could.