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#393 of 402 Recent discussion
Oct 27, 2005 (5:58 pm)
This recent discussion is......well I can't find the word.
The chances of everyone driving for efficiency is as likely as Ford unveiling an anti-matter powered vehicle in a few hours.
#394 of 402 Observations and a question
Mar 29, 2006 (11:12 am)
New Prius owner here, trying to get good mileage. I have heard of P & G, but I have also noted that if I 'glide' all the way to a stop (such as at a stoplight, very minimum brakes), I use some battery.
So, I have stopped coasting to a stop. Instead, I will keep my speed up (around 20mph) such that I can use some regenerative braking when I do stop.
Also, freeway traffic kills mileage. I have been in 7 mph stop and go traffic, and although it is cool to be able to roll along under electric power only , it is not long before the ICE kicks in to regenerate the battery. There have been a few 5 minute periods where the MPG was 0, although I knew that I had moved forward (albeit a few hundred feet). Since I am a computer programmer, I am starting to wonder precisely what logic is used to calculate and display the mileage. If the traffic is somewhat faster (over 15 mph), I can post up to three consecutive periods where mpg >= 100. Has anybody else noticed this???
#395 of 402 Re: Observations and a question [looking4prius]
Mar 31, 2006 (10:08 pm)
I have a 2003 Honda civic hybrid with CVT transmission. I get 60+ mpg most of the time. The EPA rates it as 49/48.
I drive moderate, don't go over the speed limits and anticipate stops so I can use gentle braking to regen power into my battery instead of wear out the brakes.
The most important thing I do to get high mpg is let up on the accelerator until I see the mpg instant gauge go to 60-80 mpg or higher. I still keep the same speed but the mpg is great in this ZEN mode.
The CVT tranny is great and does much better with this method than cruise control or driving like an egg is under my foot. I think it makes the CVT act like overdrive. It's great and fun to see how much I can save.
On a Prius I get 70+ and an Insight is 100+ with a similar method. The insight has a manual 5 speed and I'd jump to the highest gear to get top mpg.
#396 of 402 Re: Observations and a question [eaa]
Apr 27, 2006 (7:25 pm)
How do you accelerate with the mpg i.g. at 60-80? I lose speed whenever the meter is that high. I'm getting 53-57 mpg (or so says the meter). But never 60+.
#397 of 402 Re: Observations and a question [kinsley1m]
May 03, 2006 (8:04 pm)
I can't say for others but only what I do, and have gotten pretty good.
Last summer averaged around 65MPG, last winter upper 50's.
My longest single tank went for 941 miles for 69.2MPG calculated.
2004 HCH CVT
I posted some tips a while back and perhaps might help if brought forward again:
misterme, "Hybrid Tips: Optimizing mileage" #323, 30 Sep 2005 11:03 am
BTW most of these fuel-saving tips can be applied to what-ever you drive.
Our Grand Caravan for example went from 16-17MPG to as high as 28. My wife drives it though and still gets low-mid 20's.
A Lincoln Navigator driver brought his SUV up to 28.3MPG using those tips:
heyjewel, "Lincoln Navigator" #1482, 28 Oct 2005 5:45 pm
#398 of 402 Re: gas price [rollerblade]
May 09, 2006 (6:05 am)
3.9 L/100km is equivalent to (a) 60 mpgUS and (b) 72 mpgUK.
(a) 235 / 3.9 = 60.3 mpgUS. To convert between L/100km and mpgUS, you divide whichever value you have into 235 to get the other value.
(b) 282 / 3.9 = 72.3 mpgUK. To convert between L/100km and mpgUK, you divide whichever value you have into 282 to get the other value.
Example . An American claims 60 mpg in his Prius. What is the equivalent L/100km? 235/60 = 3.9 L/100km.
#399 of 402 Milage Adicts
May 09, 2006 (7:11 am)
I just bought a Camry Hybrid and on the first tank got 38.63 mpg. My wife was getting 35.5 and with a little understanding I can constitantly get over 38.
However unless the absolute highest MPG's is your goal you can enjoy driving and not look at the gage and still do better than 99% of the vehicles on the road.
At 20,000 miles a year and $3 gas, going from 55 mpg to 60 mpg only saves you about $7 per month. The quest for the ultimate MPG is probably not worth the effort. You're not saving the world's energy significantly in the 5 mpg shift when you consider the F150 beside you burning at 12 mpg's.
#400 of 402 Hybridfest in Wisconsin
May 12, 2006 (11:27 am)
I'd like to alert you all to an event in Madison, WI on July 22, 2006. Hybridfest is an event being organized by a non-profit group of hybrid lovers & users. Its objective is to raise awareness about hybrids and to encourage the public to learn more, try cars, and meet other owners. There will be contests, speakers, and test drives and you can find more info on the web if you search "hybridfest" (users are technically not supposed to post links in the forums). It should be fun and a great way to learn more whether you are thinking of getting a hybrid or an experienced owner! Please come if you are anywhere nearby or want to visit our lovely city this summer!
#401 of 402 Re: Milage Adicts [wvgasguy]
May 15, 2006 (4:47 pm)
Update, on a trip to Mom's for Mothers day I let my wife drive again while I napped. When I woke up she was doing 80 on the Interstate in the hills of WV. She was getting 36mpg. I calculated when I got home that she used about 1/2 gallon more on the trip than I would have if I had gotten 38.5 (which I had been averaging). I didn't fill up and tonight when we went out to eat we drove around a little bit and soon had the tank average back up to 37. It's nice to know that on a trip I won't have to baby this to get decent milage. I usually drive about 80 on trips but have been taking it easy as I tried for the max mpg's. I'll get over this obsession soon and turn the display to something else once I'm convinced that I probably won't do any less than 36mpg's. At 1150 miles I'm still over the 38 mark for all miles driven.
Jun 07, 2006 (10:20 am)
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