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December 11, 2020

How the Auto Industry Got Fuel Efficiency Wrong the First Time

As if you didn’t already know, the auto industry got things wrong on the EPA’s mileage ratings for the cars on the roadway back in 1983. No, I’m not stating that the EPA got it wrong the first time around. That would be irresponsible and also would undermine the carefully worked out compromises that both politicians and the auto manufacturers were able to reach. So, let me explain. Back in 1983 both Congress and the automakers got together with the EPA to negotiate a new mileage rating system. One layer of saboteurs did all the work on the new miles per gallon goal. They literally wrote a new rule that would result in a whopping increase in the amount of mileage per gallon.

The 1983 law specified a 12 percent increase in the first year and an amazing 22 percent in the second year. For the third year, the goal was set at 27 percent. Chrysler and other large automakerstelio ads claimed that if these large automobiles were given the mileage ratings that were traditionally associated with full-size pickups and SUVs they would get 27 miles per gallon on the highway. Indeed, the 1983 law set very ambitious goals that the participating automakers surely knew were feasible. At the time, the thinking was that light trucks would get more mileage per gallon and full-size pickups would get less. Each vehicle would get one mile per gallon.

Both houses of Congress were heavily involved in deciding how the new mileage ratings were to be compiled. They discussed fuel economy in terms of miles per gallon only. They decided that either mileage would be used to define a gallon of gas, while the other would be used to define the number of miles per mile a vehicle would get. They soon discovered that the two rating systems did not match. Soon after this problem was discovered, Congress passed a joint resolution calling for a compromise. They agreed on a compromise between usage of fuel ratings in theedo Edmunds, as the traditional gauge, and new mileage ratings mandated by a new government agency, the Department of Energy. Soon after, a debate on this compromise began. Many people felt that the new ratings were still too high and said that they didn’t feel safe using a number higher than 84 mpg. But the newly created Department of Energy was quick to respond. They released a statement that 31 mpg was the suitable average.

They also said that ratings could be misleading, as only 55 percent of cars sold in the United States currently fall within that average. Finally, in 1984, after the equipment was finalized and the prototypes were built, the EPA finally approved the Hydrogen Fuel Technology Act of 1984, by which time 1, blenders of HHO gas could be injected into the vehicles. Yup, your car can be running on water, and fuel efficiencies can rise by well over 100 percent. For those who remember, here is the lowdown on how they got half a dozen mpg in a pickup truck:H hitch into the standard style of trailer, with a good 4×4 suspension. A low capacity internal combustion engine, with a mounted fuel tank external to the engine compartment:H20 keyLess than half a horsepower short of the minimum required for igniting the spark plugs also attached an electrolyzer to the hydrogen generator result was far more jaws than brains! An electrolyzer produces a gas known as HHO, or Brown’s Gas. This gas is highly combustible and Absolutely safe.