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400 MPG… or Conspiracy Theory?

• by Eric Peters via LewRockwell

Maybe the conspiracy theorists were right after all.

That was the first thought to pop into my head as I read about an engineer named Steve Fambro – and his 400 mpg hybrid Aptera two-seater. Yes, you read that right. 400 MPG.


The mileage of the snarky little gullwing coupe is about five times better than the mileage posted by the best hybrid a major automaker has ever delivered – the 70 mpg Honda Insight (mark I, the small two-seater built back in the early 2000s, not the current model) and makes a new Toyota Prius look like a ’69 Chrysler Newport with two dead cylinders, a slipping transmission and a trunk full of bricks.

Fill-ups could be a once-a-month deal. Your gas bill by cut by two-thirds. For all practical purposes, we’d back to the days when fuel cost less than a buck per gallon since we’d need to buy it so infrequently. OPEC’s meaty fingers would no longer be crushing our windpipes. What goes on in Iraq, Libya and Iran would matter a lot less than it does right now.

Is there a catch?


2 Comments in Response to

Comment by James Eldridge
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If all of the cars were able to get that kind of gas mileage, then gas would cost about $30 dollars a gallon. The oil companies would make sure of that by producing less to charge more and still make the same as they are right now. 

Comment by Alan Gaudette
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Since 2002 I have been driving a Honda Insight that has averaged, over its lifetime (100,000 mi) Sixty + miles to the gallon. Yes, that is not 400mpg, but it sure beats the rest of the cars currently being produced today. Some one needs to find out why Honda stopped making them.  

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