• Oct 16, 2007

Over at If It's Got an Engine, they wondered what the reaction would be to gas usage if we had to pour gas into our cars like beer: that is, in 12-ounce cans. The writer, who owns a 1991 BMW 750 iL, would need two cases of beer gas to get to work and back, every single day. His beer-can-per-mile came in at 1.6 miles-per-can. Even if he took his motorcycle that achieves 48 mpg, he would still need to use 16 cans every day to do the round trip commute.

Following that line of reasoning, people with Suburbans and the like would need to stick with kegs, and probably set up some kind of in-drive refueling system. If you can go with the cheap stuff, you're still looking at $10 per gallon for Labatt's Blue. Thank heavens we only drink the stuff.

Thanks for the tip, Dorri!

[Source: If It's Got an Engine]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Further evidence of a slow day at autoblog.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Wow, great argument.
        Really, great.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This guy uses two cases every day?? That's 4.5 gallons a day!

      By my math this guy travels 216miles every day, that's nuts.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The 48mpg is for the motorcycle, not the 750. Taking the motorcycle he only needs 12 cans, not 2 cases.
        • 7 Years Ago
        1.6 miles/can times 24cans/case is 38.4 mi/case. 2 cases is 77miles. Pretty normal.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Here in Germany beer is cheaper than gasoline. Beer is about the price of Diesel when beer is bought in cases of twenty bottles 0.5l each it is between 11 and 13 Euros -- for ten litres. Diesel currently costs around 1,17 Euro/l.
        • 7 Years Ago
        First of all I dig off beat stories like this but I think this raises and even more important issue...

        Even when going to the local supermarket, ie: Tengelmann in Munich - a .5 liter Pilsner is about 0.69 € without deposit... that breaks down to about 2.76 € / Gallon (thats about $3.86/Gal in the states [ca. $1.4/€]), however a gallon of beer - lets say purchased on sale at Trader's for $4.99/6-pack would be hmm roughly $10/Gallon (6-pack=ca. 1/2 Gal).

        I think the issue here is not that we are paying to much or too little for gas, it's that we are paying WAY too much for beer. I love my car and I love my beer (independently of course) but damn, why is no one complaining about beer prices! Even the supposedly cheap stuff (coors/bud/miller) is verdammte teuer!

        - If beer were gas... I would use one .33/12oz bottle per mile - so sad to waste beer like that :o(
      • 7 Years Ago
      Are you thanking heaven for drinking Labatt Blue? ;-)

      Seriously, well not really, this would make a great add for that new Heineken mini-keg ...

      Pat
      • 7 Years Ago
      The best way to prevent people from driving guzzlers is to put fuel economy in terms of gas relative gas prices.

      If you drive a car that gets say 25 mpg and gas is $3 per gallon, then that's what you pay.

      In comparison, if you drive a hybrid at 50 mpg, it's like paying $1.50 per gallon.

      If you drive a guzzling SUV and get 15 mpg, it's like paying $5 per gallon.

      It's really just another way of saying cents per mile, but those numbers are too low. This $/gal strategy would get people thinking even though paying $75 to fill a tank doesn't seem to be doing it with some people.

      UH2L
      http://www.thingsivenoticed.com
        • 7 Years Ago
        Well, I always get a kick out of the way CR prices out an entire year's fuel costs based on MPG and going gas prices. It can be shocking how much of a difference 2-3mpg can make over 12kmi/yr, especially if you plan on owning the car for a long time to come.
        • 7 Years Ago
        This is the main benefit of Europe's l/100km measuring approach, too. MPG exaggerates benefits of going from 45-55 but hides the pain of dropping from 15 to 13.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Interesting angle
      We complain about rising gas prices yet we pay more per gallon of water in some cases and nobody says anything

      I get sick of all the people who keep saying its a slow news day at autoblog. Guess what. NOBODY CARES. your just telling the world that your a pompous A hole that likes to blow off his/her mouth about useless crap. We dont need your kind around here.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree, what a slow day. Don't post crap like this, it has no benefit for us.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Nobody cares for you A-hole attitude either. Go take it somewhere else, we don't need it here.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm thirsty now.
        • 7 Years Ago
        worst AutoBlog story ehhver!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm just thinking from the bottom of my head right now, but doesnt it seem as though the government wants us to buy hybrid cars or all these new ones so that we can spend less on gas and thus the war would end in iraq and finally bush would leave from the white house.........just a though
      • 7 Years Ago
      you can usually tell by the title what the story is about. if you dont want to read it dont. i skip racing info stories and dont complain their posted.

      and for the 'it has no benefit to us' comment. wth? that's got to be the most retarded comment i've ever seen. do you only read things that benefit you?
      do you think autoblog only posts for you?

      good story autoblog. very ENTERTAINING.

        • 7 Years Ago
        so did you make money reading autoblog today?

        did you make your 'real' money replying to me? or you just wasting time now?
        • 7 Years Ago
        If you read something that has no benefit to you you are simply wasting time. You can't make money when you waste time. Correction, you can't make REAL money while wasting time.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Labatt Blue is delicious. Don't hate.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Personally, I like these kind of stories. To me, it is a break from the same old stuff that gets repeated over and over again
      • 7 Years Ago
      Crap news day, autoblog? I want my minute back.
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