In my book, many interesting conversations can be had using the words “turbochargers” and “superchargers.”
In a conversation with a friend this weekend, though, my mention of the words were met with a blank stare. I guess not everyone is into cars or even terribly knowledgeable about what makes them tick.
Our talk began with a question. My friend asked, “What do you think of electric cars?”
Well, that’s quite the can o’ worms in my world, and talking through the answer took the better part of the next 30 minutes. We discussed everything from the environmental impact of battery manufacturing to electricity production to supporting infrastructure to the mechanics of how superchargers and turbochargers work in gas and diesel engines. Of course, my bottom-line answer to her question was this: Electrics have the right idea in saving fuel, I’m just not convinced of their execution. I’d prefer to go with an economical turbo gas or diesel vehicle.
Like maybe the 2014 Ford Fiesta, with a 1.0-liter EcoBoost 3-cylinder.