100 MPG Axon City Car In Realistic-Thinking Shocker

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Hydrogen / Electric hybrids, wood to ethanol power, poop to biogas, plug-in power cords, compressed air; the Axon city car uses non of these, and that's what makes it so special. By figuring out that light weight and low drag equal high mileage Axon has found a way to forego all the State-of-the-Union-sexiness and just make a car that's not only actually capable of achieving 100mpg, but stands some chance of actually seeing production.

Built on an aluminum space frame, the carbon fiber body has been carefully shaped in a wind tunnel to make it as efficient as possible. It's also light; weighing just 400kg means that a 500cc twin-cylinder engine provides more than enough motivation.

It'll be at least two years before Axon is able to put this concept into limited production, but expect to see millions of vehicles like this if manufacturers and the public ever commit to the reality of reducing fuel consumption instead of just paying lip service to it.
[via Autocar]

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The MPG calculations are useless to convert since EPA mileage numbers aren't calculated in the same way as whatever other country's mileage numbers. So even accounting for differences in what a gallon is, you have no way of knowing if the #'s are comparable.

Anyways, 100mpg is great and all but I'd hate to have to pass a semi on the highway in this thing-the turbulence would is joke for car this light.

And while it's true that people do tend to drive more idiotically if they think their car is safer (this research is not a government study IIRC, it was mostly just a psychology experiment), overall fatalities rates have dropped VERY significantly for car accidents. In fact, fatalities are down about 50% since the 70's.

Considering that the #1 cause of death for non-elderly people in the US are car accident fatalities I'd say a ~50% reduction is pretty good.


Scroll down on that page and you'll see that even from 1994 to 2006, your odds of being in a fatal MVA have gone down from 1.73 fatalities per 100 million miles to 1.41. And that for every 100,000 people in the US, another 1 and a half people haven't died. And for every 100,000 registered vehicles in the US fatalities are down 4 people.


And that one shows you the HUGE difference between 1980 and 2002, where rural fatalities are down from 4.40 to 2.28 per 100 million miles (about 50%) and urban fatalities are actually down even more than 50% from 2.52 to 0.97 per 100 million.

These have improved even more since then, so if you live in an urban area you're already less than 1/2 as likely to die in a car accident as you would have been with the safety features of 1980.

FINALLY, those are just fatalities! They're not even taking into account the huge # of people who haven't been horribly maimed or crippled in a car accident.

Please stop making up BS safety statistics to champion cars without safety features. If you want to drive a super light car without airbags or ABS or a reinforced passenger cabin, good for you, but don't make up statistics claiming that car safety improvements have been negated by crappier driving.

BTW, I was once rear ended by a full-size pickup in my Civic at about 60MPH, right after hitting the car in front of me (at a lower speed since I slammed the brakes and the driver airbag didn't deploy), and I can assure you that the SRS system did a great job while I thought my life was coming quickly to an end (not helped by the fact that the passenger airbag went off since the passenger seatbelt wasn't fastened and the car didn't have a weight sensor). So instead of my civic being crumpled into a tiny ball of metal like a 1980's civic would have been if a Silverado had hit it, the passenger cabin was perfectly intact. I hurt my knee when it hit the dashboard (my knee was out since I was still on the brakes when the Silverado hit), but everything else A-OK. Should I have been more defensive at driving? Definitely, but I was a dumbass teenager, and I do appreciate that improved safety means that I'm not six feet under or crippled.

At the end of the day if it comes down to paying $15 more a day for gasoline, or having both my shins shattered in a car accident when I was 19, I'd gladly opt for $15.