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News - October 7, 2011

400 miles per gallon, in a plane

Green flight expo at Moffett shows the possibilities

by Daniel DeBolt

Just before soaring like a graceful bird over a mesmerized crowd at Moffett Field on Monday, a Slovenian-built electric plane was declared the most efficient airplane in the world and won the biggest money-prize in aviation history: $1.3 million, donated by Google.

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Posted by GC, a resident of Sylvan Park
on Oct 11, 2011 at 7:41 pm

I was impressed reading 400 miles per gallon. Then I read electric motors and batteries and knew this is more funny math. Then there the part that says an 100 electric miles per hour = 101 gas miles or 403.5 passenger miles. No wonder the country is broke and can't balance a budget. We have inflated numbers so that no one can use the information. Wait, my cell phone just went 150 mph and got 1000 miles to a gallon.

Posted by Bill, a resident of The Crossings
on Oct 11, 2011 at 8:02 pm

The claim is 403.5 passenger miles per gallon.

Or it carried 2 passengers 201.8 miles in the equivalent of one gallon of gas energy converted to battery power.

You can thus say a SUV that gets 10 MPG with 6 passenger inside actually gets 60 passenger miles per gallon.