H2 is not SMART

The H2 gets 10-13 miles per gallon, according to GM. They don’t have to tell you on the lot because the vehicle is so heavy it is exempt from federal reporting requirements. Of course you have to figure people who buy the H2 know it’s not going to be the most fuel-efficient car in the world, and they probably don’t care…

The ESA just launched their unmanned moon probe, “SMART”, which is short for Small Missions for Advanced Research and Technology. It is equipped with an experimental “ion drive” system, which is basically what they use on Star Trek. To quote CNN:

To power the drive SMART-1 is carrying just 60 liters (about 15.8 U.S. gallons) of fuel for a journey of 100 million kilometers (62 million miles).

In automotive terms that converts to an enviably efficient fuel consumption rate of 3,911,671 miles per U.S. gallon — the average American family car consumes somewhere in the region of 30 miles per gallon.

So the SMART is over 300,000 times more efficient than an H2.

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  1. I have heard that the real mileage they get is closer to 8-9 MPG. I guess 10-13 might be highway, and 8-9 would be city. McBain: “1 highway, 0 city.”

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