Challenge 2009: 1,445.7 miles without refueling.
If there is a game, a really useful game you can enjoy
these days while driving, yes, play-and-drive, very safely while reaping
real advantages, it could be the one of testing how far you can drive your
car with one full tank of fuel.
It only takes a reasonable set of habits to reach a
level of driving efficiency that may surprise many, not only in fuel
economy terms, but especially in time efficiency, psychological - and
relational - comfort, as well as safety.
Does it need a degree to master fuel efficiency driving
Not really. When you think about it: there is even no
"time sacrifice" to endure. Quite the opposite.
2010 Ford Fusion
Hybrid, the most fuel-efficient midsize car in North
America, nearly doubled its U.S. certified mileage,
claiming a world record for a gasoline-powered, midsize
sedan. The team achieved in a standard, non-modified 2010
Ford Fusion Hybrid, 1,445.7 miles (2327 km) on one fuel
tank, making an average of 81.5 US mpg, the equivalent of
97.8 UK mpg, 2.88 litres per 100 km, or 34.65 km per litre
of gasoline (petrol).
For those who enjoy this skill testing game, helped
with the real-time fuel consumption digital indicator in many modern cars
(see also as the Ford SmartGauge with EcoGuide),
driving efficiently is not simply a matter of reducing cost and pollution.
Driving efficiently is an entertaining "game"
which brings a cost reduction for the pocket with timely arrival, since
clever and civilised driving reduce time waste and nervous resources
burning (modern life obligations already consume enough of these precious
reserves of serenity), better protection for your own car (from accidents
and mechanically, as it preserves its running quality far longer), safer
transportation for the driver, passengers and other road users. And it's
not only free... it even pays you back!
witness, Arch Scurlock of Business Week magazine signs the
tape that covers the fuel filler cap before the team set
off on the Ford Fusion Hybrid 1,000 Mile Challenge at
Mount Vernon, Alexandria, VA (April 25, 2009).
If this is true for any car, Ford has gone a step
further while promoting its new Hybrid offerings, with another interesting
approach: the fund-raising Fusion Hybrid 1,000-Mile Challenge
fuel-efficiency test, which started at 8:15 a.m. EDT on Saturday, April
25, from Mount Vernon, Va., and ended last Tuesday morning at 5:37 a.m. on
George Washington Parkway in Washington, D.C., after more than 69
continuous hours of driving.
The challenge team, which included NASCAR star Carl
Edwards, the hypermiling specialist Wayne Gerdes and several Ford Motor
Company engineers, raised more than $8,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes
Research Foundation (JDRF).
Four members of
the Ford Fusion Hybrid 1,000 Mile Challenge team. Left to
Right: Tom Rolewiscz, Steve Burke, Sherif Marakby and Gil
The team achieved in a standard, non-modified 2010 Ford
Fusion Hybrid, 1,445.7 miles (2327 km) on a single fuel tank (about
67 litres), making an average of 81.5 US mpg, the equivalent of 97.8
UK mpg, 2.88 litres per 100 km, or 34.65 km per litre of
gasoline (petrol), making the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid, the most
fuel-efficient midsize car in North America, nearly doubling its U.S.
certified mileage, and even claiming a world record for a
gasoline-powered, midsize sedan.
The seven drivers team started by learning a few
mileage-maximizing techniques, most of which can be used in any vehicle to
improve fuel economy, but are especially useful in the Fusion Hybrid where
the driver can benefit from pure electric energy at speeds below 47 mph
(76 km/h). Additionally, it is important to manage the battery system’s
state of charge through the use of regenerative braking and coasting, and
balancing the use of the electric motor and gas engine in city driving to
world record breaking hypermiler.
The Fusion Hybrid 1,000-Mile Challenge team took turns
driving several routes in and around the US capital over the course of
approximately three days and nights. The route involved elevation changes,
and ranged from the relatively open George Washington Parkway to a 3-mile
stretch in the heart of the city that is clogged with roughly 30 traffic
Wayne Gerdes, the Illinois engineer who coined the term
“hypermiling” to describe the mileage-maximizing techniques (you can
visit his site at CleanMPG.com), summarised the main hypermiling
- Slowing down and maintaining even throttle pressure,
- Gradually accelerating and smoothly braking,
- Maintaining a safe distance between vehicles and anticipating traffic
- Coasting up to red lights and stop signs to avoid fuel waste and brake
- Minimizing the use of heater and air conditioning to reduce the load on
- Closing windows at high speeds to reduce aerodynamic drag,
- Applying the “Pulse and Glide” technique while maintaining the flow
- Using downhill momentum to build speed and kinetic forward motion to
- Avoiding bumps and potholes that can reduce momentum.
Gil Portalatin, Ford hybrid applications manager
highlighted the safety advantage: “You become very aware of your
driving because you’re constantly looking for opportunities to maximize
mileage, and a more aware driver is a safer driver, too.”
The 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid net power is rated at 191
horsepower. The official estimated range is approximately 700 miles (1126
km) per tank, on a Duratec 2.5-liter gasoline engine with DOHC 16-valve
Atkinson cycle (156 hp @ 6000 rpm) and an electric motor (106 hp @ 6,500
rpm), with an Electronically Controlled Continuously Variable Transmission
(eCVT). The car is equipped with the Ford
SmartGauge with EcoGuide instrument cluster to help optimize the
Gerdes said. “The Fusion Hybrid works brilliantly.
When you don’t need acceleration power while driving around town, the
gas engine shuts down seamlessly. There’s not another hybrid drivetrain
in the world that does that as effectively.”
With the addition of the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid
and Mercury Milan Hybrid sedans, to the Ford Escape Hybrid
and Mercury Mariner Hybrid compact SUVs, Ford aims to double its
annual hybrid volume and be the largest US producer of full hybrid
vehicles in North America.