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Also, the new presenter in On Disk Monthly #61 used similar markup, with the addition of having the option of laying out complex animated title screens in EGA.

It uses bolding, drop shadows, and the like, instead of directly invoking CGA text mode attributes. (It supports text mode for CGA, too, although you lose the title screens, and text formatting gets collapsed to red, it seems.)

Also, the old text mode presenter could scroll by line, this only scrolls by page. Hmm.

This radio is not exactly what I would call power efficient.

(That's about 2 amps at about 13.8 V, or 27.6 W, on VHF receive.)

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Damnit, now I actually want to build something like this, but a lot better.

Looks like this example's a decade old, but there's plenty of variations on the idea:

Nowadays, I think how I'd do it... use the 100 watt flexible panels as the gently curved roof (with supports as needed), with a transparent bubble streamlined into the panels, and a coroplast rear structure for streamlining.

I have successfully acquired pie. (It was peanut butter pie, from a local(ish, like 15 miles away) diner. Pretty good.)

The really impressive part is this map, where they look at the most efficient EVs in the US market - the Hyundai Ioniq BEV, the Tesla Model 3 Long Range, and (in charge depleting mode) the Toyota Prius Prime.

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Oh, and I almost forgot - there is something that's far more closely inspired by the Kabinenrollers, the Veloschmitt.

This one falls under electric bicycle laws, though - with the driver having pedals to drive the rear wheel along with a 250 watt electric motor.

Worth noting that the KR175 was followed by a 200 cc model, which was much more common. (The pictured KR200, having the clear canopy, demonstrates why the Kabinenrollers were one of the recipients of the "bubble car" nickname, as well.)

And, finally, there was a 500 cc twin-cylinder, four-wheeled sports model, the FMR Tg500.

And now you can start to see the resemblance, what the 1-Liter-Auto is trying to evoke - although the number of wheels is different, the basic concept isn't. Two (or 2.5) seats, sideways opening canopy, engine in the back, and not much else.

Here, see the 1-Liter-Auto with its canopy open.

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In the US, when a plug-in hybrid's efficiency is certified, there's a lot of numbers reported to the customer, which looks a lot like this.

You'll see a miles per gallon gasoline equivalent figure for "elec+gas" - charge depleting mode, in other terms. This is complete with the amount of gasoline and the amount of electricity used to go 100 miles, and a range figure in that mode.

Then, you'll see a separate figure for "reg. gas" - charge sustaining mode - with the same figures.

Ultimately, Volkswagen actually did bring a car into production that claimed to meet their goal of a "1-Liter-Auto" - that is, a car that uses 1 liter of fuel to go 100 kilometers.

That car was the XL1.

You may notice, however, that it dropped the tandem layout that got the original concepts to their lofty fuel efficiency figures. Instead, they went for a side-by-side layout, which may well be more comfortable, but missed the point IMO.

Meanwhile, in 2009, Volkswagen did a newer, somewhat more production-ready version of the concept - this time with an 800 cc, 29 kW twin-cylinder turbodiesel (with a 10 kW electric motor, for hybridization).

At 1.38 l/100 km claimed, it didn't hit the target fuel consumption, though. Still, it was within /my/ target fuel consumption, and I so badly wanted it to happen.

So, I'll start at almost the end, with the 2002 Volkswagen 1-Liter-Auto.

This thing was my white whale for years - I wanted it /so badly/.

I'll just run down the specs real quick:

300 cc, 6.3 kW single cylinder, direct injection diesel
6-speed automated gearbox
120 km/h top speed
0.99 l/100 km claimed fuel consumption

Real talk, I wish I could weld. (No space to do it, really.)

Oh, yes! I hate this! It is revolting!



Someone tell me why I shouldn't do this.