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9:23AM

#60 Bump-Start

We discussed Febuary sales, autombile quality & logevity. Fuel prices through the ages, and quite a few of our usual tangents.

Manuel walked us through warming up our vehicles for the technique, as it is colder in Manatoba than Chicago.

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Kacey Green, Manuel Santos, and Wayne Gerdes

#60 Bump-Start

7:30PM

#51 Honda Hybrids under Fire

Go Hypermiling #1 - Pilot  
Go Hypermiling Podcast

Type: Audio 
Hosts: Wayne Gerdes, Kacey Green, and Manuel Santos 
Recorded: August 29, 2010 
Music: You in your Socks by Elkin and The 27-second Tune by The EP Egg 
Runtime: 47 min : 10 sec 
Moderating: Kacey Green 
Main Topics: Honda Civic Hybrid software update controversy | Concern about Honda Hybrid availability in Canada | Hybrid Honda Jazz (European Honda Fit)  
Sponsors: CleanMPGHybrid Canada, & Midlands Hybrid | Enginer PHEV kits, Midlands Honda, & CleanMPG Scangauges

Our Technique: You and your dealer

We discuss your relationship with your Car Dealer …

Honda to fix Civic Hybrid battery issues with software update

Manuel tells us the true nature of the recent HCHII software update and slices through the hype and speculation …

Honda Canada to continue selling Insight and Civic Hybrids

Manuel does more mythbusting regarding the rumors that Canada was slated to stop receiving new hybrid shipments …

Hybrid power for the Honda Jazz

Wayne lets us know about the upcoming Honda Jazz Hybrid …

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Kacey Green 
Go Hypermiling!  
“Hypermiling in today’s world”

#51 Honda Hybrids under Fire

12:37AM

#50 Future Hybrids

Go Hypermiling #1 - Pilot 
Go Hypermiling Podcast

Type: Audio
Hosts: Wayne Gerdes, Kacey Green, and Manuel Santos
Recorded: July 23, 2010
Music: Grow by April Start and Blue Eyes by Audra Connolly
Runtime: 1 hr 2 min : 52 sec
Moderating: Kacey Green
Main Topics: Honda announces new advanced environmental technologies | 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid first drive | Honda CR-Z goes for a ride 
Sponsors: CleanMPG, Hybrid Canada, & Midlands Hybrid | Enginer PHEV kits, Midlands Honda, & CleanMPG Scangauges

Our Technique: Handling the heat

Wane lets us know how he beat the heat while he was in the CR-Z for a week, we discuss how to minimize the impact of the air conditioner on your fuel economy. We go into specifics for mechanical AC compressors, electric AC compressors, and electro-mechanical hybrid AC compressors. How can you lessen the load on your HVAC system? …

Honda announces new advanced environmental technologies

Manuel lets us in on a few nuggets of Honda’s plans for the future in the area of Hybrid technologies…

2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid first drive

We talk about the new Hyundai Sonata’s hybrid variant …

2011 Honda CR-Z goes for a ride

Wayne lets us know everything he found out on his week-long test drive of the new Honda, tune in to hear what he has to say …

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Kacey Green
Go Hypermiling! 
“Hypermiling in today’s world”

#50 Future Hybrids

12:15AM

#49 CR-Z: The first drive

Go Hypermiling #1 - Pilot 
Go Hypermiling Podcast

Type: Audio
Hosts: Kacey Green, and Manuel Santos
Recorded: July 15, 2010
Music: Fooled by Hello Industry and Merrigans Reel by Jim Fiddler
Runtime: 34 min : 06 sec
Moderating: Kacey Green
Main Topics: CleanMPG tests the 6-speed MT CR-Z for a week | Tragedy in the back seat: Hot-car deaths
Sponsors: CleanMPG, Hybrid Canada, & Midlands Hybrid | Enginer PHEV kits, Midlands Honda, & CleanMPG Scangauges

Our Technique: Choosing Alternate Routes

Perhaps the route you always use for your commute may not be the best for either fuel economy time or both.  We discuss ways to plan your commute as well as ways to re-route on the fly for weather, road-blockage, traffic, etc. …

CleanMPG tests the CR-Z 6MT

Wayne gets to play with a Honda CR-Z weeks before the official launch for a week at his home.  He pulls some amazing mileages and notices the small things…

Tragedy in the backseat: Hot-Car deaths

Manuel and I discuss the the tragedy of Hot-Car deaths, distracted parenting and ways to make sure this doesn’t happen to your family …

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Kacey Green
Go Hypermiling! 
“Hypermiling in today’s world”

#49 CR-Z: The first drive

1:43PM

#48 Chevy Volt strolls the catwalk

Go Hypermiling #1 - Pilot 
Go Hypermiling Podcast

Type: Audio
Hosts: Wayne Gerdes, Kacey Green, and Manuel Santos
Recorded: July 6, 2010
Music: Derek Clegg this song is “Empty” and we close with  “Dormant and Gray” 
Runtime: 46 min : 58 sec
Moderating: Kacey Green
Main Topics: 40 MPG Non-Hybrids readied | Performance at the pump goes extreme | “1776” mile Chevy Volt Freedom Drive
Sponsors: CleanMPG, Hybrid Canada, & Midlands Hybrid | Enginer PHEV kits, Midlands Honda, & CleanMPG Scangauges

Our Technique: Barefoot Driving & Sock Driving

Ditch the socks & shoes for better Fuel Economy?  The foot has great flexibility and fine motor-control and feedback so you can get free percentage points added to your fuel economy by not wearing restrictive footwear. … Legal in 50 states! (old wives tales to the contrary)

40 MPG Non-Hybrid compact cars readied

Wayne tells us about vehicles such as the 2012 Hyundai Elantra, 2012 Ford Focus that obtain great fuel economy without hybrid technology or alternative fuels.
The Elantra even matches Ford’s smaller sub-compact Fiesta, a tough feat to pull off. …

Performance at the pump goes extreme

The 2011 Ford Mustang pulls 48.5 MPG for 1,457  laps at Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN.  This car is powered by a 305 HP V6 engine!  Manufacturers are putting much stronger emphasis on fuel economy during vehicle development lately, lets hope this trend continues. …

“1776” mile Chevy Volt Freedom Drive

“This drive is a demonstration of the freedom the Volt will provide customers – freedom to drive where you want, when you want,” said Tony DiSalle, director of product marketing for Chevrolet Volt. “Whether you are driving 50 miles or 1,750 miles, the Volt is the only electric vehicle that can be a family’s primary car.”

Over the course of the four days, the Volt Freedom Drive began in Austin, with stops in Little Rock, AR; Nashville, TN and Roanoke, VA on Day 1, Washington, D.C. and Frederick, MD on day 2; Philadelphia, PA on Day 3 and finally arrived in NY City on July 4th to complete the drive… Of course CleanMPG tweeted that if they need it driven back, we could put together an ad hoc team overnight. No response was forthcoming to that proposal…

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Kacey Green
Go Hypermiling! 
“Hypermiling in today’s world”

#48 Chevy Volt strolls the catwalk

10:19PM

#47 Sonata Kilo-Tank

Go Hypermiling #1 - Pilot 
Go Hypermiling Podcast

Type: Audio
Hosts: Wayne Gerdes, Kacey Green, and Manuel Santos
Recorded: June 13, 2010
Music: .22 this song is “Peter and Jane” and we will close today with Fall Out Boy’s “Nobody puts baby in the corner” 
Runtime: 41 min : 51 sec
Moderating: Kacey Green
Main Topics: 2011 Hyundai Sonata “Challenge” - One day, 1,000 miles and just one tank of gas…, Fueleconomy.gov’s Most Fuel-Efficient Cars in America: 1984 to 2010, Honda CR-Z Sporty Hybrid
Sponsors: CleanMPG, Hybrid Canada, & Midlands Hybrid | Enginer PHEV kits, Midlands Honda, & CleanMPG Scangauges

Our Technique: “Setting your mirrors for safety, and what that has to do with FE”

How to set your mirrors and what in the world does that have to do with Fuel Economy?

2011 Hyundai Sonata “Challenge” - One day, 1,000 miles and just one tank of gas…

I am sure some have seen the banner Sean uploaded earlier this afternoon and may have been wondering what the heck it’s all about?
Chronicled here is a captivating story just getting started… with the final chapters yet to be written.
The 2011 Sonata – A new day dawns for the everyday family sedan.
Early last December, the newly redesigned 2011 Hyundai Sonata made its press debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. While a mid-sized sedan launch would not normally grab our attention unless it were hybrid or diesel powered, this conventionally powered 2.4L sedan stood out as something out of the ordinary. …

Fueleconomy.gov’s Most Fuel-Efficient Cars in America: 1984 to 2010

Fueleconomy.gov has released two new top ten lists to help consumers purchase a fuel-efficient vehicle. Unlike other top ten lists that are limited to current model year vehicles, these new lists draw from twenty-six years of EPA and real-world fuel economy data, making them useful for consumers considering a new or used gas miser:

1. Fueleconomy.gov’s Top Ten EPA-Rated Fuel Sippers (1984 to present)
2. Fueleconomy.gov’s Top Ten Real-World Fuel Sippers (1984 to present)

The first list shows the most fuel efficient vehicles based on EPA fuel economy ratings, while the second list shows the most fuel efficient vehicles based on fuel economy estimates reported by fueleconomy.gov’s “Your MPG” members-ten members must provide estimates for a vehicle’s real-world MPG to be included in the list, and the list is updated weekly as new data are submitted from members. …

Honda CR-Z Sporty Hybrid

The three major Japanese car makers are taking a distinctly different approach to the imminent arrival of the electric car. Nissan has jumped in with both feet and will launch Leaf, its battery-powered e-car, at the end of the year. Toyota is putting its eggs in the true hybrid basket - its Prius is capable of both battery- and petrol-powered drive. …

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Kacey Green
Go Hypermiling! 
“Hypermiling in today’s world”

#47 Sonata Kilo-Tank - Go Hypermiling!

9:45PM

#46 Fuel Economy in the Real World

Go Hypermiling #1 - Pilot 
Go Hypermiling Podcast

Type: Audio
Hosts: Wayne Gerdes, Kacey Green, and Manuel Santos, with Special Guest Jason Holder
Recorded: June 8, 2010
Music: Fall Out Boy this song is “Grand Theft Autumn” and we will close today with 37Hz’s “Calmly Going Nowhere” 
Runtime: 58 min : 40 sec
Moderating: Kacey Green
Main Topics: A Gulf Full Of Oil Can’t Beat A Tank Full Of Gas, Experts: Revise fuel-economy rules to reflect real-world driving, Honda’s near, mid and long term ideas regarding sustainability of its product lineup
Sponsors: CleanMPG, Hybrid Canada, & Midlands Hybrid | Enginer PHEV kits, Midlands Honda, & CleanMPG Scangauges

Our Technique: Weather & Fuel Economy

Jason is very proficient at hypermiling and he gives us pointers for inclement weather. Wayne, Manuel & Kacey jump in.

A Gulf Full Of Oil Can’t Beat A Tank Full Of Gas

A lot of BP’s oil eventually winds up in the gas tanks of American cars, so you’d think the current crisis on the Gulf Coast might make people think twice at the pump. Brian Mann of North Country Public Radio sets out to talk to customers at a gas station and find out what they think about the spill, and the decisions they make as consumers.

It’s mid-morning, and I’m out driving in my truck. On the radio, of course, it’s 24/7 about the Gulf oil spill. Everybody’s talking about it, and everybody’s saying there are no easy answers. …

Experts: Revise fuel-economy rules to reflect real-world driving

An expert panel called on government agencies today to revise fuel-economy testing to better reflect real-world driving conditions.
The National Academy of Sciences convened an expert panel in 2007 to assess technologies to boost fuel economy and make findings on the state of vehicle efficiency at the request of government regulators, releasing a report today.
“Reducing the amount of fuel we use is an important goal for the nation and for the individual consumer,” said Trevor Jones, chair of the committee that wrote the report and chair and CEO of ElectroSonics Medical Inc. in Cleveland. “Consumers will need to consider the trade-offs between higher vehicle prices and saving fuel and money at the gas pump.” …

Honda’s near, mid and long term ideas regarding sustainability of its product lineup

The 2010 FCX Clarity – Once a nationwide H2 refueling infrastructure is in place, this will more than likely be one of the key contenders for sustainability at a price we can all afford.

A “State of Honda” speech was presented by the Executive VP of Honda America, John Mendel at a conference entitled “Moving Ahead 2010” setup to discuss methods to reduce fuel consumption in transportation. The speech detailed Honda’s outlook when it comes to all things related to the future of the automobile and was presented to both business leaders and academics on the campus of Ohio State University.

The following are his remarks.

It’s great to be in Columbus… a real hometown for Honda. Our first U.S. manufacturing operations were established here 30-plus years ago … and we have a major R&D center that creates many of the products we build here. …

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Kacey Green
Go Hypermiling! 
“Hypermiling in today’s world”

#46 Fuel Economy in the Real World - Go Hypermiling!

9:14PM

#45 Unfit to drive

Go Hypermiling #1 - Pilot 
Go Hypermiling Podcast

Type: Audio
Hosts: Wayne Gerdes, Kacey Green, and Manuel Santos
Recorded: May 30, 2010
Music: SwampdaWamp This song is “Rock This Country” and we will close today with boobootin’s “We Love Radio” 
Runtime: 58 min : 39 sec
Moderating: Kacey Green
Main Topics: Nearly 20 Percent of Drivers May Be ‘Unfit for Roads Says Survey, Woman Sues Google for Bad Directions, NUMMI is now Tesla + Toyota building EVs
Sponsors: CleanMPG, Hybrid Canada, & Midlands Hybrid | Enginer PHEV kits, Midlands Honda, & CleanMPG Scangauges

Our Technique: Hypermiling Motorcycles

Hypermiling on two wheels, how’s it different than a car?  What can I do to get more MPGs on my bike?

Nearly 20 Percent of Drivers May Be ‘Unfit for Roads Says Survey

College and high school students may not be the only ones humbled this time of year by mediocre test results.
Roughly 38 million licensed drivers — nearly one in five — would not pass a written drivers exam if taken today, according to a survey released Thursday morning.

The survey, the National Drivers Test, conducted by GMAC Insurance, polled 5,202 licensed drivers from 50 states and the District of Columbia. Driving knowledge was based on 20 questions taken from exams given by state departments of motor vehicles. Questions addressing distracting driving behavior were also included in the report. …

Woman Sues Google for Bad Directions

One day I was using my cell phone’s GPS service to find the nearest Target. I was driving down the road when suddenly my cell phone piped up, “Turn right here.” I looked to the right. There was no road, just a tree and some grass. I chalked it up to a GPS glitch and turned right at the next corner.

If I had been Lauren Rosenberg, however, I would have turned right at that very moment, hit the tree, suffered some cuts and minor brain damage, and then turned around and sued Verizon for the glitch in its GPS service.

Seriously. …

NUMMI is now Tesla + Toyota building EVs

Tesla Motors and Toyota Motor have announced that Tesla has bought the recently closed Nummi assembly plant in Fremont, California, where it intends to make its Model S luxury electric sedan and other future models.
Also, Toyota said it had agreed to buy $50 million of Tesla common stock upon the completion of its planned initial public offering. …

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Kacey Green
Go Hypermiling! 
“Hypermiling in today’s world”

#45 Unfit to drive - Go Hypermiling!

4:38AM

#44 Is that an EV or a Harley?

Go Hypermiling #1 - Pilot 
Go Hypermiling Podcast

Type: Audio
Hosts: Wayne Gerdes, Kacey Green and Manuel Santos
Recorded: May 24, 2010
Music: This Is Fiction. This song is “The REMIX Scene” and we will close today with “The Reality Scene” 
Runtime: 49 min : 11 sec
Moderating: Kacey Green
Main Topics: The 10 Least Expensive Cars to Own, According to GE, Honda ’Lacks Confidence’ in Electric-Car Demand and Carmakers agree to make electric cars noisier.
Sponsors: CleanMPG, Hybrid Canada, & Midlands Hybrid | Enginer PHEV kits, Midlands Honda, & CleanMPG Scangauges

Our Technique: Hypermiling Clinic Improvements

Can a Student go from a frustratingly low 38 mpg to 81 mpg in one clinic?

With an Experienced Hypermiler she can ;-)

 Cheap Dates: The 10 Least Expensive Cars to Own 

When it’s time to buy a new car and desperation comes calling, all other priorities peel away, leaving price alone to govern the decision. But simply buying the cheapest car isn’t necessarily the cheapest route. Cars—even the affordable ones—are expensive to own and operate…

Honda ’Lacks Confidence’ in Electric-Car Demand

Honda remains skeptical about demand for electric cars 10 years after it stopped selling its EV Plus battery-powered model — “We lack confidence” in the electric-vehicle business, Tomohiko Kawanabe, president of Honda’s research and development unit, said in an interview in Wako City, northwest of Tokyo…

Carmakers agree to make electric cars noisier

Automakers and advocates for the blind have agreed on a plan to address an unintended problem caused by electric and hybrid cars: They endanger sight-impaired and distracted pedestrians because they make no noise when running on electric power.

The groups joined together to present Congress with a proposal for minimum noise levels that future electric cars would have to make.

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Wayne Gerdes
Go Hypermiling! 
“Hypermiling in today’s world”

#44 Is that an EV or a Haley? - Go Hypermiling!

4:03AM

#43 Sedan Shootout and Bright Ideas

Go Hypermiling #1 - Pilot 
Go Hypermiling Podcast

Type: Audio
Hosts: Wayne Gerdes, Kacey Green and Manuel Santos
Recorded: May 17, 2010
Music: a bali na bega by netwaves records & Ozean by A cover of 99 Red Balloons by Neal Schmitt
Runtime: 42 min : 38 sec
Moderating: Kacey Green
Main Topics: Hyundai Sonata wins Family Sedan Shootout, According to GE, LED Light Done Right and The 2011 Cruze is filled with GM “good ideas”!
Sponsors: CleanMPGHybrid Canada, & Midlands Hybrid | Enginer PHEV kits, Midlands Honda, & CleanMPG Scangauges

Our Technique: “5 clicks before lane change”

Can you plan a lane change well before 5 complete clicks of your turn signal?

Anticipate long before you need to manuever.
Making others aware of your intentions long before your maneuver.

 Hyundai Sonata wins Family Sedan Shootout

The gorgeous 2011 Hyundai Sonata - $19,195 to start and 28 mpgUS combined on the 08 EPA.

Hyundai’s all-new 2011 Sonata topped a field of eight popular midsize sedans to win the “$25,000 Family Sedan Shootout.”

The analysis consisted of six automotive journalists, a family of four and three days to determine: What’s the best family sedan you can buy for $25,000 or less?

According to GE, LED Light Done Right

GE’s upcoming LED - 40W of standard incandescent output with just 9W consumed. Bests the CFL by 1W for a similar output. $40 to $50 however…
 
GE’s new LED bulb produces 450 lumens (the LED Energy Star® threshold to be considered a 40-watt incandescent replacement effective August 31, 2010), provides 77 percent energy savings and lasts more than 25 times as long as a standard incandescent bulb.

The 2011 Cruze is filled with GM “good ideas”!

Simple to change and far easier to recycle. A drop-in cartridge oil filter.

Who here has not been under the car and had oil all over their arms (after the oil is drained of course ) when removing a std. steel can type filter? No more with the upcoming Cruze.

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Wayne Gerdes
Go Hypermiling! 
“Hypermiling in today’s world”

#43 Sedan Shootout and Bright Ideas - Go Hypermiling!