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Old 11-13-2008, 02:08 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Blackfly - '98 Geo Metro
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Last 3: 70.09 mpg (US)

MPGiata - '90 Mazda Miata
90 day: 53.56 mpg (US)

Winter beater Metro - '00 Chevrolet Metro
90 day: 61.98 mpg (US)

Fancy Metro - '14 Mitsubishi Mirage top spec
90 day: 58.72 mpg (US)

Even Fancier Metro - '14 Mitsubishi Mirage top spec
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Pat Beirne's Miata has since been "re-converted" into a bio-diesel range extended EV slash series hybrid: past its all electric range, it can operate at speeds up to 80 km/h / 50 mph on the diesel genset.

You hit the nail on the head re: space for batteries. The answer depends a lot on the system voltage you're aiming for. 90v minimum for a 50 mph car, I'd wager.

Here are a couple more from the album:

Joe Harris' 1996 Mazda Miata

Bill Theeringer's 1990 Mada Miata
Latest mods: 3-cylinder Mitsubishi Mirage. EcoMods now in progress...
Ecodriving test:
Manual vs. automatic transmission MPG showdown

has launched a forum for the efficient new Mitsubishi Mirage - fuel efficiency info for Geo Metro owners - electric car conversion on a beer budget
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