They're Driving the Future in the Fatherland

While American's complain about high fuel prices, Europe embraces fuel efficiency. Photo: Renault Scenic.

Published: 26-Oct-2005

AutoWeek magazine editor Rich Ceppos made a significant prediction last week. Writing from Germany, where he'd been driving German cars and paying German prices for gas, he noted that "it foretells what we (in the U.S.) will be driving in the future."

Converted to American measurements and money, a gallon of German gas costs $8.02. "Super Plus," the top grade, goes for $9.50. Diesel, used in about half of new European cars (versus 3 percent in the United Sates), runs a hefty $6.52.

"Americans," Ceppos noted, "are just beginning to think about the fuel cost of going to ... Grandma's house. For Europeans, it's been a way of life."


HyGenius F600 is a compact-class car with a family-friendly design powered by a zero-emission fuel-cell drive, which consumes the equivalent of 2.9 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres (81.mpg) and has an operating range in excess of 400 kilometres (248 mi).

There's a big battle shaping up as manufacturers roll out cheap cars for the masses. Toyota Yaris pictured below.

The current prototype fuel cell-powered Tucson has a top speed of 150 kilometers per hour and a cruising range of some 300 kilometers.


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