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#634 of 795 Re: THIS IS MADNESS!!! [andre1969]
Oct 07, 2012 (5:31 pm)
Nice truck! One thing about a Hemi, it will always sound good.
Pretty good mileage for a big beast. Does it have cylinder deactivation?
#635 of 795 Re: THIS IS MADNESS!!! [andre1969]
Oct 07, 2012 (7:01 pm)
Oh, and on that round-trip, I estimate my new Ram got about 19.1 mpg
That's not bad at all considering the power and size of the truck.
#636 of 795 Re: THIS IS MADNESS!!! [explorerx4]
Oct 08, 2012 (11:48 am)
Thanks! And yeah, it has cylinder deactivation. Under light-power situations, it'll go from 8 to 6-cyl. It's pretty seamless too...at least I can't feel it.
#637 of 795 $295 option
by steve_ HOST
Oct 09, 2012 (2:47 pm)
I want this (although I understand some implementations, like BMWs, don't work too smoothly).
"Stop-start systems can cut combined city-highway fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by 3-10 percent, and even more when they're combined with hybrid drive systems. The systems deliver their fuel economy improvements in city situations that involve lots of stop-and-go driving. And they can do it at relatively little cost to the consumer."
Engine Stop-Start Systems Save Fuel at Low Cost
#638 of 795 Re: $295 option [steve_]
Oct 09, 2012 (5:22 pm)
I hope Ford did a better job of stop start technology than GM. My 2005 GMC engine would stop when I went around a corner. Then the pause before restarting would cause wheel spin if you had the accelerator partially depressed. I hated it. Would have disabled if possible on that POC GMC Hybrid. They could save a lot more gas by getting rid of Ethanol in our fuel.
#639 of 795 Re: $295 option [gagrice]
Oct 09, 2012 (6:03 pm)
I agree. I'm leery of all these techie ideas, be it stop/start or cylinder deactivation. Seems to me that a slight computer blip and presto - a big dollar repair. As for ethanol, E-85; who asked for it, maybe ADM? Now we've got EPA wanting to cram it down our throat. Congress has already screwed up our light bulbs, now they want to control other aspects of our lives and decisions...and it seems to be both parties to boot.
#640 of 795 California stands alone
by steve_ HOST
Oct 19, 2012 (6:41 am)
Interesting blurb in the WSJ today about the isolated California gas market.
"California is a closed system," adds John Demopoulos, an energy analyst at Argus Media. "The whole thing functions perfectly well when everything's going to plan. But when something unexpected happens, there's no external buffer."
Investigation into previous gasoline price spikes in California didn't find an errant hand.
Instead, it found the proverbial invisible hand—the ordering principle of supply and demand. And given the quirks of the California market, that law appears to be working just as you would expect it to."
California's Gas Price: Is There a Villain?
#641 of 795 Dodged a wet bullet
by steve_ HOST
Oct 31, 2012 (8:02 am)
"Gasoline prices were falling before Sandy struck, and nationally, at least, they’ve continued to drop in the storm’s aftermath.
That a storm of Sandy’s size and destruction would have such a muted impact might come as a surprise, especially given the big price spikes associated with past storms, including the 45-cent-a-gallon increase that followed Hurricane Isaac earlier this year. But several factors are working in drivers’ favor this time around.
First and most significantly, the East Coast simply isn’t that important as a gasoline supplier. The refineries in Sandy’s path make up about 8% of U.S. refining capacity. Isaac, by contrast, idled nearly half of U.S. capacity when it hit the refinery-rich Gulf Coast.
Damage also appears to have been minor."
Sandy Won’t Cause Pain at the Pump (WSJ)
#642 of 795 Re: Dodged a wet bullet [steve_]
Oct 31, 2012 (9:48 am)
So we should direct all future Hurricanes to the East Coast and protect the refineries and offshore oil platforms in the Gulf.
#643 of 795 Re: Dodged a wet bullet [gagrice]
by steve_ HOST
Oct 31, 2012 (10:14 am)
Exactly; meanwhile letting the mangrove swamps retake the Louisiana/Texas coastlines again would help dissipate a lot of the storm energy before it hits places like Port Arthur. Chevron has been working to restore a bunch of wetlands there.