They Did It…and Boy Did They Do It! 1445 Miles…69 hours of driving…1 tank of gas – Ford Fusion Hybrid Challenge

Ford Fusion Hybrid Challenge Vehicle
Ford Fusion Hybrid Challenge Vehicle
Ford proved that eco-driving techniques can make a significant difference in fuel economy. In my blog on April 22nd titled “Eco-driving and fuel economy – a test for the driver” I highlighted the ten eco-driving techniques that Ford advocates increases mileage. Their goal was to drive 1000 miles in an unmodified Ford Fusion Hybrid. They reached an astonishing 1445.7 miles. The Ford Press Release stated that the Ford Fusion Hybrid averaged 81.5 mpg. (I calculated 82.6 mpg…1445.7 miles/17.5 gallon tank = 82.6 mpg …but maybe they squeezed a little fuel up the filler neck before they started or the fuel lines were run completely dry).
The Ford Story YouTube Channel
The Ford Story YouTube Channel
To watch the Ford Fusion pass the 1,000 mile mark, go to Ford’s YouTube Channel “The Ford Story”.

Even though driving for 69 hours to achieve 1445.7 miles means they averaged only about 21 mph (1445.7 miles/69 hours = 20.95 mph), this is still an amazing feat. I am motivated to see how eco-driving (also know as hypermiling) techniques could increase my Honda Civic’s mpg!

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Mike has roots in the automotive service industry. He began diagnosing and fixing cars at a young age in his family’s service station. He has worked in automotive parts supply stores, towing companies, and service facilities. After graduating from St. Cloud State University (MN) with a Bachelor’s degree, he implemented and taught a basic car care program at the high school level. During work on his Master’s degree at Illinois State University (IL), he was a curriculum specialist on a National Science Foundation project where he co-authored ten integrated mathematics, science, and technology books designed for team teaching. Mike has also supervised teachers in Career and Technology Education as a school system administrator.

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