U.S. Government blocks sales of fuel-efficient cars
by: J. D. Heyes
Friday, June 15, 2012
The development of affordable “green” cars and trucks – electric vehicles or hybrids designed to dramatically curb the nation’s reliance on fossil fuels – is supposed to be a primary goal for the Obama administration and a number of government and industry leaders. But what about diesel-burning vehicles that already get more than 70 miles a gallon?
Yes, you read that right. There are already vehicles on the road – nice vehicles, not bread boxes with weed-eater motors on wheels – that get better than 70 miles to a gallon of diesel fuel. Only, you can’t buy one here in the United States. More on that later.
Have you ever heard of a little German car company called Volkswagon (VW)? Well, what you probably didn’t know is that VW makes a car called the Passat Bluemotion 1.6 TDI, and – according to published specs and eyewitness accounts – the vehicle is capable of getting 72-78 miles per gallon under normal load and driving conditions. While the car’s engine lacks significant punch, says a review in Autocar magazine, it is certainly economical.
But you can’t get one in the U.S. You can, however, get one in Europe.