1,000 miles on a single tank?
A team of drivers is attempting to drive a 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid 1,000 miles on a single tank of gas this weekend. Ford engineers have hit 70 miles per gallon in trips by using hyper-mileage driving techniques. The group will need to average 57 miles per gallon to achieve its goal during the 43-hour attempt, changing drivers every two or three hours.
Among its fuel-saving driving techniques:
- Slowing down and maintaining even throttle pressure
- Gradually accelerating and smoothly braking
- Maintaining a safe distance between vehicles and anticipating traffic conditions
- Coasting up to red lights and stop signs to avoid fuel waste and brake wear
- Minimize use of heater and air conditioning to reduce the load on the engine
- Close windows at high speeds to reduce aerodynamic drag
- Applying a “Pulse and Glide” technique while maintaining the flow of traffic
- Minimize excessive engine workload by using the vehicle’s kinetic forward motion to climb hills, and use downhill momentum to build speed
- Avoiding bumps and potholes that can reduce momentum.
For more info, see Ford's press release.
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