Well, there's no shortage of, um, unusual ideas on ways to increase the miles-per-gallon of the car you already drive. Everything from pills for the tank to Brown's Gas appear on our radar with some regularity, but this idea
is a new one. It's called "electrorheology" and it means introducing a bit of electricity into the fuel stream just before the fuel is injected into the combustion chambers. The resulting fuel is then more viscous and therefore burns cleaner. According to an article written by researchers at Temple University, this "improves fuel mileage significantly," and the results are being shown in the lab and on the road.
Sounds good, right? Well, our friends at Autoblog
gave this a cold once-over and realized that the groups pushing this technology have been behind a lot of similar mpg-boosting technology in the past, the MagChargR and the Zero Emission Fuel Saver (ZEFS)
. This isn't exactly promising, but we'll be happy to see this work. Until then, I think driving sensibly is the best way to go further on less fuel today.