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#661 of 1144 1,000 miles on a tank of gas in Ford Fusion Hybrid
Apr 22, 2009 (6:54 am)
From a Ford press release:
The Ford Fusion Hybrid team will attempt to drive more than 1,000 miles for more than 43 continuous hours - on a single tank of gas, raising money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in the process
The most fuel-efficient, mid-sized sedan in America - the Fusion Hybrid driven by a team of Ford hybrid engineers, a fuel efficiency expert and a NASCAR star, will have to achieve an average of at least 57 mpg on the challenge to reach its goal
- By using Eco-Driving techniques engineers have achieved 70 mpg during testing of the Ford Fusion Hybrid in preparation for the challenge
- Consumers can improve their own vehicle's fuel economy performance is by adopting Ford's "Eco-Driving" tips used for the 1,000-Mile Challenge
DEARBORN, Mich., April 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- This weekend, the 2010 Ford (NYSE: F - News) Fusion Hybrid is being put to the ultimate fuel-efficiency test. A team of drivers, including NASCAR star Carl Edwards and world-record breaking hypermiler Wayne Gerdes, will attempt to drive more than 1,000 miles on a single tank of gas, raising money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in the process.
The 1,000-Mile Challenge starts at around 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 25, from Mount Vernon, Va., and ends the morning of Monday, April 27, in Washington, D.C. The team will drive for more than 43 hours continuously to reach the 1,000-mile goal. The drivers will do stints of between two and three hours each and will have regular breaks to ensure safe driving is maintained. Already rated as the most fuel-efficient, mid-sized sedan in America, the Fusion Hybrid will need to average at least 57 mpg to achieve its goal. During preliminary testing in preparation for this challenge, Ford engineers have reached as much as 70 mpg in the Fusion Hybrid by using Eco-Driving techniques.
The team will run clinics for media and customers over the weekend in the Fusion Hybrid, conducting interviews and vehicle demonstrations on how simple techniques can make a significant difference to real world fuel economy numbers.
The Fusion Hybrid being used in the challenge will be a factory produced model with no modifications or alterations and will run on regular 87 octane gas.
The team will be uploading regular images and video to YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/fordstory), Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fordmotorcompany), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/people/Kristopher-Spencer/1228149870), Twitter (http://twitter.com/Ford), and www.media.ford.com.
Ford is taking on the 1,000-Mile Challenge for a number of reasons:
To demonstrate Ford's commitment to be the best or amongst the best in fuel economy in every vehicle segment in which it competes;
To highlight the crucial role the driver plays in maximizing fuel economy and demonstrate how consumers can make a difference through Eco-Driving;
To raise awareness about Eco-Driving and how the Fusion Hybrid contributes to it with the ability to run up to 47 mph in pure electric mode; and
To raise awareness and funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
The 1,000-Mile Challenge team comprises of:
Wayne Gerdes, the world-record breaking hypermiling champion and founder of www.cleanmpg.com;
Carl Edwards, the NASCAR race star who recently bought his own 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid;
Sherif Marakby, graduate of Maryland University and Ford hybrid chief engineer;
Gil Portalatin, Ford hybrid applications manager and Ford Fusion Hybrid team leader;
Tom Rolewicz, one of Ford's top calibration experts and hybrid system expert; and
Steve Burke, Ford product expert on hybrid applications
The mileage-maximizing techniques that the Ford team will use and pass on to consumers include:
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 the "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; and
Avoiding bumps and potholes that can reduce momentum
Apr 22, 2009 (1:18 pm)
I have about 620 miles on my first tank. My computer-calculated average mpg is 41. I should be able to make it to 700 if I don't re-fill sooner.
I made one highway trip that brought down my mileage a bit.
In the city, my highest mileage was 57 mpg en route to work.
#663 of 1144 Why not in vehicle forum?
Apr 23, 2009 (1:18 am)
Why does the Ford Fusion Hybrid not have its own forum such as the Toyota Prius or the Ford Escape Hybrid? Now that it is a real production model (not just something that is coming in the future) I think it would be a good time to get its own forum instead of just a discussion thread.
I notice the Honda Accord Hybrid, Honda Civic Hybrid, Honda Insight, Toyota Prius, Toyota Camry Highbrid, and other hybrids all have their own dedicated forums/folders.
Just throwing that out there!
#664 of 1144 Re: Mileage [scottphillip]
Apr 23, 2009 (7:19 am)
I have pretty much the same experience as you. I got my first tank of gas yesterday at 610 miles with the range being ~65 miles. So I could have gone up to 675 miles - based on vehicle's calculations.
This is based on mixed driving i.e. commuting to work and driving around town. My fuel efficiency over this period is 41.5 mpg. For one 8 mile short trip (when the car was already warm) I got ~56 mpg but I was driving really carefully to the point of being too slow.
BTW - I love the feature that reports your fuel efficiency for the trip when the ignition is turned off. That is great. Its like getting your progress report at school. It also reports the lifetime mpg which is cool and useful.
#665 of 1144 Re: Mileage [jmalik1]
Apr 23, 2009 (10:49 am)
I too bought gas. I only put in 14.5 gallons, although the car warned that I had 50 miles to empty. My calculated mileage was 40.7 mpg. The car's lifetime mileage is displayed at 41.
My best trip to work was 57 mpg, but my speed was kept under 35 mph and the a/c was off. I had one highway trip of about 150 miles on my first tank.
I like the trip report too, JM. Hopefully, our mileage will improve as our vehicles are broken in.
#666 of 1144 Re: What do you think? [daninoah]
Apr 23, 2009 (11:33 am)
Today I am the owner of the FFH, 502A that I looked at this week. This vehicle is definitely a novelty as I'm guessing that I'm the only that has one so far by the looks I'm getting. Not expected. Can't really say anything about the FFH yet, but more to follow when I get some miles under my belt. Really liking the technology, especially the Nav. It's nice to know where your going when you already know where your going...lol.
You were right. I did get a few more nickles ($31,460.95) out of the deal, but I really worked the dealers that were interested in making a sale. It's funny, even though I was a serious buyer it seemed like a few of them really weren't interested in my business. Just an observation.
#667 of 1144 Re: What do you think? [gunney1]
Apr 24, 2009 (7:17 am)
Congrats! My FFH (502a) is about 3 days from delivery to the dealer. The wait from order has been about 8 weeks -- just what the salesperson told me.
I think you got a very fair price. With the tax credit and sales tax deduction, you have done even better. And you can't find a car like this for anything south of $65k (lexus 450h). And I would argue that the FFH is superior in many ways to the Lexus.
#668 of 1144 Re: What do you think? [gunney1]
Apr 24, 2009 (11:13 am)
The nav is one of the best I have used. I like the Travel Link page that tells you which streets are upcoming.
I also like the memo feature that allows you to save an artist or song title so that you are notified with a chime if they are playing on a different audio channel.
Enjoy your new vehicle!!
#669 of 1144 FFH Forum?
Apr 24, 2009 (8:44 pm)
#670 of 1144 FFH Forum?
Apr 24, 2009 (9:12 pm)
I just picked mine up today (502A). MSRP was the best deal I found in the S.F.Bay Area. One dealer wanted $6K over MSRP.
It had 20 miles on it when I drove away, and the "avg. mpg" showed 12.5! They must really put them through a shake down course in Hermosillo. Either that or the parking brake is stuck...
It seems like so much more car than our 2007 Prius. The fully equipped 2010 Prius is estimated to cost a bit more than the FFH! The manuals are like phone books!, but I've been able to sort through most of the tech without referring to them.
I'd also like to see a FFH owners forum to discuss mpg. & technical questions. Like: Does anyone know if the battery charges more "coasting" down hill when the brake is not engaged? The Prius has a "B" mode for engine braking, which usually increases the regeneration rate. Does shifting into "Low" in the FFH do the same?