More Fuel-Efficient Cars, Like Honda's Insight

I’ve been covering energy issues for nearly 30 years, including the debate over auto fuel economy. Over that time, I’ve been amazed that report after report has concluded that automakers could significantly improve fuel economy at relatively modest cost. Consider this 1992 report from the National Academy of Sciences, which said that it was “technically achievable” for mid-sized cars to get up 35 miles per gallon at an additional cost of $500-$1250 per car. Since 1992, of course, there have been numerous technological advances for further gains in efficiency.

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