but near is not 50mpg, these modern 1.4 petrol cars with the same power as your old 1.8 will do 50 to the gallon all day every day and not just on a motorway run.and would give near 50mpg on motorway runs.
They also chuck way less crap out the exhaust pipe, it’s not just about CO2 or even other gasses, but I can bet there was a lot more unburnt fuel in the tail pipe of your old Audi than any modern euro 6 car.
Now sitting in traffic today, you might not really notice what’s coming out of the exhaust of a 20 year old car. But if you ever find yourself stuck behind a 80s car you’ll know you’re behind it, even if it’s 10-20 cars in front you’ll smell the fumes. Now imagine that difference between the 80s and say the early 2000 and then apply that difference again between something built in 2002 and something new on the road today.
Things haven’t improved “slightly” they’ve come on leaps and bounds in the last 20-40 years. I remember walking to school on a cold morning in the 80s in a soup of exhaust fumes, you could taste the petrol in the air. This is why we need to keep improving these things especially as the number of cars on the road keeps getting bigger.
I know people moan about were electric cars get their power from but honestly a coal fired power station out in the countryside miles from anything venting it’s fumes 200 feet in the air via a air scrubbing flue, is still a million times better for people’s health than tens of thousands of cars venting those fumes in your street.
Recently the council near us has been doing a lot of road works causing big tail backs through our town and while we live set back from the main road, we’re still close enough that when I open the door in the morning to get the milk in, you can cut the fumes with a knife some mornings