Doesn’t it bug you that you have to shell out loads of money in order to save gas? Here comes a fuel sipper that won’t suck your wallet dry. No fancy electronics, no heavy batteries, and it even so gets 30km per liter of gasoline (according to the JC08 standard,) which translates to a non-EPA, but nonetheless jaw-dropping 70 mpg. According to The Nikkei [sub], Toyota’s Kei car subsidiary Daihatsu “has developed technology that will enable it to offer the only [gasoline powered] car in the world” that gets these numbers without hybrid technology.
The technology is called “e:S” which simply stands for “energy saving.” It had been showcased fist at the 2009 Tokyo Motorshow. Now it is ready to be released into the wild. The first e:S minivehicle will be released in Japan in September, at a likewise jaw-dropping price of under 800,000 yen ($10,000).
According to Daihatsu, that “e:S” technology is as simple as this:
- A new engine with maximized combustion efficiency and minimized energy loss
- Continuously variable transmission (CVT) with higher power transmission efficiency
- Shell body streamlined to achieve a weight reduction of around 60 kg*3
- Air resistance, rolling resistance and other running resistance lowered
- Thermal management in the engine room
- A new Eco-Idle system with pre-stop idle reduction functions
- Eco power generation control (with regenerative braking functions)