Originally Posted by miatapaul
Yea, same thing happened to the 200 mpg carburetor in the 1970's!
Though I do find it difficult to believe that we cannot get a lot better millage from cars today. After all I got way over 50 MPG in my 1980 VW Diesel and it is more than 30 years later!
It's not a lost art it's just no emissions laws, a tiny car and no horsepower.
If only we could pair today's engine technology with consumer expectations from the 70's we'd have 50+ MPG cars easily. Unfortunately it doesn't work. Even the most compact cars need 100+ horsepower (like my Fit) to sell.
As for the conspiracy theories I agree 100% with Tallswede. Oil companies have nothing to worry about meanwhile Apple is sitting on a hundred billion dollars and would love to spend a chunk of it on better batteries. Some things are just hard to do - storing energy in batteries is apparently one of them.