while driving an hour to work each day I’ve been obsessed with this for the past few weeks — why don’t we have a one person (perhaps a two-seater; one driver plus minimal storage) car that gets 100+ mpg? it should be pretty easy, shouldn’t it?
I mean, nobody wants to squeeze more than two people into a sub-compact for a commute of any significant length — I only begrudgingly get in the backseat of a Mini for a Chipotle-run because it’s, well, Chipotle. so if you’re going to get four people inside in comfort, it’s going to be in a 25-30 mpg car (which is 100-120 miles per person, a better measure).
so get rid of the backseat, get rid of the trunk, get the gross vehicle weight down around 1500 lbs, put a small but torque-y engine in it… better yet, an electric engine (I only need 125 miles per charge, and would love to pull it from clean nuclear energy) or even some reasonable veggie-diesel thing…
long story short: a vast majority of the cars I see on my daily commute have only one person in them; so instead of trying to put more people in each vehicle (which seems to be a losing proposition), why not build the car around the commuter?