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We're only months away from seeing the first high-volume modern electric cars go on sale, but most analysts and industry officials expect these to only account for a very small percentage of the overall market in the next decade. The problem remains high cost and limited range for batteries. While engineers across the globe work on these issues, there's no question that the efforts to maximize the range of electric cars are leading to improvements in the efficiency of both hybrid and conventiona

Fuel efficiency has been a hot topic as of late, both for consumers looking to ease their financial and environmental burdens and for automakers hoping to meet the latest round of government-mandated mileage requirements. A few months ago in late March – importantly, that means the survey was conducted before the major disaster and oil spill in the Gulf – the Consumer Federation of America found that most U.S. citizens support a major shift towards increased fuel mileage standards.

With strict CAFE standards set at 34.1 miles per gallon by 2016, automakers have a long, tough road ahead of them. If you compare recent fuel economy increases over the past five years, the task that lies ahead is downright daunting.

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