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Old 06-14-2011, 10:30 PM   #1
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Ford Trucks 62 MPG?

What are the chances? 62 MPG in California by 2025
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Hope they can do it, as can the others. Ford has a bit of an edge with financing their R&D with the $5 billion in Department of Energy loan money they have access to. I am not sure how much they borrowed against it so far, but it is rumored to be around $2 billion. Hopefully since it's DOE money (Our money), they can share some of the R&D results on what does and does not work.
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What are the chances? 62 MPG in California by 2025
Somewhere between slim and fat.
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Ford has a bit of an edge with financing their R&D with the $5 billion in Department of Energy loan money they have access to. I am not sure how much they borrowed against it so far, but it is rumored to be around $2 billion. Hopefully since it's DOE money (Our money), they can share some of the R&D results on what does and does not work.
And I hope they improve the quality. Ford has not had a good diesel engine since the 7.3 went away!
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It might get 62 MPG going down hill but I have my doubts on the towing capbility of it. That would be more than Tripling the capability in less than 15 years. When has that ever happened. Remember the word "extension" somewhere around 2022 or so. Right now there is not a car that is sold commercially that gets that kind of mileage let alone a full size truck to tow several thousand pounds. Do not see it.
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Diesel electric like a locamotive or haul truck, would be my bet to get this done.

Rustic Eagle that's a fantastic idea but where do you put the turnips?
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I think 62mpg is about as likely as our president getting a second term.
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Maybe a thermodynamics engineer could enlighten us, but I think the problem with 62MPG pulling a trailer is going to be the raw energy content of the fuel. With the energy required to accelerate the load and to keep it going against wind resistance and inclines, I'll bet that a gallon of fuel just does not have enough energy in to get all that accomplished over a distance of 62 miles.

Perhaps we could buy a lightweight inflatable trailer composed of hot air and insubstantial plastic. But wait... that couldn't get the job done. Oh, well, we could just hope. At least it would be a change.
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