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9:34PM

#42 Silent electric cars? EU says NO.

Go Hypermiling #1 - Pilot 
Go Hypermiling Podcast

Type: Audio
Hosts: Wayne Gerdes, Kacey Green and Manuel Santos
Recorded: May 10, 2010
Music: Gasoline by Justin Gordon & Ozean by STEREOMOVERS 
Runtime: 59 min : 45 sec
Moderating: Kacey Green
Main Topics: Modes of the Volt revealed, Toyota Prius and Lexus hybrid surprising buyers after recall and EU rules may mean silent electric cars must make Star Wars noises.
Sponsors: CleanMPGHybrid Canada, & Midlands Hybrid | Enginer PHEV kits, Midlands Honda, & CleanMPG Scangauges

Our Technique: Hypermiling your Honda Hybrid

Setup first… Pressures and an SG-II.
Steady state and low speed (20 - 45 MPH)
Steady state and higher speeds (43 - 65 MPH)
Glide, baby glide
High FE accelerations and Avoiding electric assist (keep RPMS below 1300)
Smarter A/C use for higher FE
Get the software updates ASAP
Tires, CVT maintenance and engine oil 

 Modes of the Volt Revealed

Larry Nitz, General Motors electric and hybrid powertrain engineering executive director, provided an update on the Chevrolet Volt, during a development drive on the West Coast. 

During the update, Nitz discussed the Volt’s three driving modes - Normal, Sport and Mountain - as well as its two climatic modes - Eco and Comfort. He also addressed the teams’ assessment of the three T’s that most impact range and fuel efficiency - technique, terrain and temperature.

Toyota Prius and Lexus hybrid surprising buyers after recall

Toyota’s dominance with the Prius transcends more than just it’s competition. Toyota’s Lexus division expected to sell 20,000 - 22,000 Lexus HS 250h’s, but has only been able to sell 11,228 of the luxury hybrid sedan, putting the vehicle well below expectations.  Toyota had high hopes for the upscale car, but with just about 1,000-1,500 units sold per month, Toyota will end up about a few thousand under the mark.
 
The Prius on the other hand continues to dominate and grow, despite the highly publicized recalls. In April of 2010, Toyota sold 12,555 Prius hybrids which is a growth of 49.7% from last year’s April figures and the year-to-date total sales figures are collectively up 26.1%.

EU rules may mean silent electric cars must make Star Wars noises

Testing of various sounds begins this month at Warwick University, which is working with several electric-vehicle manufacturers in the West Midlands.  

A test vehicle will project a different sound each week and assess the response of pedestrians.  

Paul Jennings said: “We will have a week with music and weeks with natural sounds, engine noise and also with science-fiction sounds.

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

#42 Silent electric cars? EU says NO. - Go Hypermiling!

9:34PM

#41 Spill Baby Spill

Go Hypermiling #1 - Pilot 
Go Hypermiling Podcast

Type: Audio
Hosts: Wayne Gerdes, Kacey Green and Manuel Santos
Recorded: May 3, 2010
Music: Kaffe by Bobby Blitzkrieg & You Made Me Like It by 1990s 
Runtime: 40 min : 52 sec
Moderating: Kacey Green
Main Topics: Oil from spill is reported to have reached the coast, New Hyundai Elantra revealed and Ford Fusion Hybrid earns cost back fastest?
Sponsors: CleanMPGHybrid Canada, & Midlands Hybrid | Enginer PHEV kits, Midlands Honda, & CleanMPG Scangauges

Our Technique: Driving the Prius properly

First, there is the FCD… Then its Glide Baby Glide, Pulses and of course SHM…

 Oil From Spill Is Reported to Have Reached the Coast 

A disaster in the making and it may possibly be federalized.
A New Orleans’ resident and CleanMPG member can actually smell the spill in his neighborhood!

 New Hyundai Elantra revealed 

Like the stunning 11 Sonata, the 11 Elantra will surely turn heads as well!

Ford Fusion Hybrid earns cost back the fastest

Out of the Hybrid universes, a  report states that the Fusion Hybird has the quickest payback… We delve into the facts on this one.

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

#41 Spill Baby Spill - Go Hypermiling!

11:51PM

#40 Alt Fuel

Go Hypermiling #1 - Pilot 
Go Hypermiling Podcast

Type: Audio
Hosts: Wayne Gerdes, Kacey Green and Manuel Santos
Recorded: April 27, 2010
Music: The Mating Game & Dirty Laundry by Bitter:Sweet
Runtime: 48 min : 03 sec
Moderating: Kacey Green
Main Topics: Second Generation Volt?, Think! busts BEV Myths and Oklahoma becomes the fourth retail market for the Civic GX NGV.
Sponsors: CleanMPGHybrid Canada, & Midlands Hybrid | Enginer PHEV kits, Midlands Honda, & CleanMPG Scangauges

Our Technique: “Lawncare with the lowest carbon footprint”

Manuel, Wayne and Kacey each have their own methods of reducing their carbon output while cutting the grass including battery electric mowers charged by PV, human powered reel mowers and how to save fuel with gasoline based units…

 Second Generation Volt! 

A little bit of Spark, a pinch of Vibe and a touch of Equinox on top of the Volt platform.
 
Meet the Volt MPV5 – 32 miles AER  with the standard 300 miles on gasoline…

 Think busts BEV Myths 

On the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, Richard Canny, CEO of pioneering electric car company THINK, is setting the record straight on electric vehicles. Here are Canny’s top 10 EV  myths, busted!

Oklahoma becomes fourth retail market for Honda’s Civic GX NGV

Honda announced that dealers in Oklahoma will now have the option of selling the compressed natural gas (CNG) powered Honda Civic GX to customers on a retail basis. There are 13 Honda dealers in Oklahoma, three of which are already selling the Civic GX as a fleet vehicle…

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

#40 Alt Fuel - Go Hypermiling!

10:07PM

#39 Earth Day Test Drive

Go Hypermiling #1 - Pilot 
Go Hypermiling Podcast

Type: Audio
Hosts: Wayne Gerdes, Kacey Green and Manuel Santos
Recorded: April 22, 2010
Music: Long Drive Home by .Jakob Martin and Long Drive Home - (Inst) by Bjork Ostrom
Runtime: 34 min : 52 sec
Moderating: Kacey Green
Technique: Choosing the right vehicle for the job
Main Topics: 2010 HI-II goes for a drive, One Reason for the 2011 Cruze’s  fuel economy, and Ford’s 2010 Super Duty goes head to head with competition.
Sponsors: CleanMPGHybrid Canada, & Midlands Hybrid | Enginer PHEV kits, Midlands Honda, & CleanMPG Scangauges

 Our Technique, Choosing the right vehicle for the job

We explain that there is no one-size-fits-all vehicle and how to match the vehicle to your  your needs, whether Hybrid, Diesel, Conventional and even Trucks.

2010 Insight-II drive for Earth Day

Kacey takes a 2010 Honda Insight EX for an extended test drive and the Earth Day celebration at Brennon Elementary.

One reason for the 2011 Cruze’s high fuel economy, is its wheels?

“2011 Chevrolet Cruze – Its 40 MPG  highway has everything to do with three, yes, three OD gears, a reasonably efficient 1.4L Turbo and some reasonably light Alcoa alloy wheels.

Alcoa Automotive Wheels has been awarded the wheel program for the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco. The lightweight wheels help the vehicle to achieve outstanding fuel efficiency. Chevrolet recently announced a segment-leading estimated 40 MPG  on the highway for the Cruze Eco when equipped with a manual six-speed transmission”….

2011 Ford Super Duty goes head to head with a 10 Ram and 10 Silverado

“With the ability to haul 20,000 + pounds, best in class or nearly best in class payload depending on configuration, the highest safety attributes of any truck in the field including the new 2011 Silverado/Sierra HD, easiest tower by far and an engine/transmissions combination to die for, what more is needed?

How about a fuel economy run off as any CleanMPG’er would love to have seen in person?” …

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

#39 Earth Day Test Drive - Go Hypermiling!

9:49AM

#38 Hang on to your wallets!

Go Hypermiling #1 - Pilot 
Go Hypermiling Podcast

Type: Audio
Hosts: Wayne Gerdes, Kacey Green and Mike Sirach
Recorded: April 19, 2010
Music: Fenway by Mike Falzone
Runtime: 50 min : 42 sec
Moderating: Kacey Green
Technique: Hills and Mountains
Main Topics: 2011 Prius PHEV-13 Impressions, From SUV to hybrid sedan, US military warns oil output may dip causing massive shortages by 2015
Sponsors: CleanMPGHybrid Canada, & Midlands Hybrid | Enginer PHEV kits, Midlands Honda, & CleanMPG Scangauges

 Our Technique covers how to Hypermile up hills and mountains.

We cover both basics and some competition grade techniques. 

2011 Prius PHEV-13 Impressions

“25 brand new, just off the boat Prius PHEV’s destined for the U.S. Fleet trial (previously announced any number of times at CleanMPG) were available for Journalists to drive not only under Plug-in power but in charge sustaining mode as well. And like a child at Christmas, some were more excited to try out the latest wares more than others…

From SUV to hybrid sedan 

“During the Second thousand mile tank is in progress review, we achieved the following which is really what moved Sean and his wife Jillian to consider the Fusion Hybrid.
 
50 mph cruise control  – average: 55 mpg
60 mph cruise control  – average: 52.3 mpg
 
“Is it on?” With these words Jilean began her hybrid journey, preparing to pull out of the dealership on a test drive with me in the passenger seat and our daughter in the back seat. She had driven Jud Engel’s Prius a few times two summers ago so this wasn’t her first time behind the wheel of a hybrid, but this Ford Family Girl wasn’t about to consider a Toyota for her next vehicle!…

US military warns oil output may dip causing massive shortages by 2015 

“The US military has warned that surplus oil production capacity could disappear within two years and there could be serious shortages by 2015 with a significant economic and political impact.
 
The energy crisis outlined in a Joint Operating Environment report from the US Joint Forces Command, comes as the price of petrol in Britain reaches record levels and the cost of crude is predicted to soon top $100 a barrel…

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

#38 Hang on to your wallets! - Go Hypermiling!

2:19PM

#37 Mazda's hybrid fighter: A Diesel ???

Go Hypermiling #1 - Pilot 
Go Hypermiling Podcast

Type: Audio
Hosts: Kacey Green and Manuel Santos
Recorded: April 13, 2010
Music: Test Drive by Black Kettle
Runtime: 33 min : 45 sec
Moderating: N/A
Technique: Squeezing your car for the best “summer time” fuel economy
Main Topics:Mazda’s diesel to take on hybrids & How I learned to love the Prius
Sponsors: CleanMPGHybrid Canada, & Midlands Hybrid | Enginer PHEV kits, Midlands Honda, & CleanMPG Scangauges

 

Our Technique segment discusses: Squeezing your car for the best “summer time” fuel economy.

We had a general discussion on how to prepare your car for the summer months. 

Mazda’s diesel to take on hybrids

“As other automakers rush to bring more hybrids to market, Mazda Motor Corp. is taking an entirely different approach to fuel economy.
The Japanese automaker plans to bring a diesel-powered midsized sedan to the United States in 2012 that will get 43 miles per gallon. That is better than any of today’s midsized hybrids, and Mazda promises its car will cost far less.
Consumer Reports test engineer Jake Fisher called it one of the most important announcements made at the New York auto show last week.
“That was big news, because we need a small displacement, fuel-efficient diesel that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg,” he said. “Volkswagen has one, but every other manufacturer seems scared of diesels. I think it’s fabulous that Mazda has thrown its hat in the ring.”
Mazda, Japan’s fifth-largest carmaker, has a history of contrarian thinking. It remains the only proponent of the rotary engine and has always found its biggest successes by zigging when other zag.
Its new Sky-D diesel is no exception. While the engine has been in development for years, Mazda CEO Takashi Yamanouchi said his company only decided to bring it to the U.S. market after learning Honda Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. would not bring diesels here. Toyota does not see a “substantial” market for diesels in the United States”…

How I learned to love the Prius 

“Test-driving cars teaches you some lessons you wouldn’t expect.

That brings us to the curious case of the Toyota Prius. As I headed off to pick up the Toyota hybrid for an extended test, I felt like a Punjabi groom being pushed into an arranged marriage with an unattractive woman. I’d just finished driving three Mercedes and a Porsche – the idea of a two-week trip in a Prius was a serious comedown.

Now it was in our garage. And I didn’t like it. The Prius looked like an over-styled cheese wedge. And it didn’t sound like a car – when I pressed the Start button, it remained silent. The only sign of life was a “ready” sign that flashed up on a screen.

My wife and I headed south, toward Lookout Mountain, Ga. This was a trip we’ve done dozens of times over the past 25 years, but in the Prius, it was an alien experience. There were no gears to shift, and no tachometer to tell me how fast the engine was turning. The Prius’s propulsion system was hidden and mysterious, controlled by microchips. As a former mechanic and dedicated car guy, this offended my instincts. I felt like sticking a sign in the window that said, “This isn’t our car.”

Seven hundred kilometres later, we made our first gas stop. We were somewhere in Ohio. This was weird. In our Honda, we’d be lucky if we make it to the Canadian border without a fill-up. And the tank on the Prius was clearly smaller than the Honda’s – I filled it for less than $30 (U.S.).

This second fill-up took us almost all the way to Lookout. At first, we thought there must be a mistake. Countless people had told me that the fuel economy of the Prius was a myth. “Not much better than any other car,” one friend declared. They were wrong. We had gone more than 1,400 kilometres on just over 70 litres of fuel. Bargain!

And I had to admit that the Prius was starting to grow on me. I liked the way it glided silently down the highway, as if propelled by an invisible hand. And I was obsessed with the digital fuel-consumption displays. Getting 5.5 L/100 km was easy. When I tried, I could get it down to 3.5.

When we glided down a hill or put on the brakes, the display showed energy flowing back into the Prius battery. We were getting something for nothing!”…

 

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

#37 Mazda's hybrid fighter: A Diesel ??? - Go Hypermiling!

2:01PM

#36 Grandpa didn't even drive that slow - part 2

The system only allows one show per post, so here’s another post containing part 2.

 

Kacey Green

#36 Grandpa didn't even drive that slow - pt 2 - Go Hypermiling!

10:01PM

#36 Grandpa didn't even drive that slow

Go Hypermiling #1 - Pilot
Go Hypermiling Podcast

Type: Audio
Hosts: Kacey Green, Manuel Santos, Wayne Gerdes and Chris Bernius
Recorded: April 8, 2010
Music: Goin Nowhere & Baggage by Feel Good
Runtime: Part I - 38 min : 20 sec | Part II - 28 min : 49 sec
Moderating: Kacey Green
Technique: Parking, what do you mean parking?
Main Topics: Live from New York, it’s CleanMPG! | Deadly effects of the 55 mph Speed Limit repeal in the US | NADA complains about higher FE rules
Sponsors: CleanMPGHybrid Canada, & Midlands Hybrid | Enginer PHEV kits, Midlands Honda, & CleanMPG Scangauges

 

Our Technique segment discusses Parking.

General discussion on how to handle something as simple as parking can save you fuel in a number differnt situations.  

Live from New York, it’s CleanMPG!

Our trusted engine expert, Chris Bernius (MaxxMPG) is ready to hit the floor running…

 

The New York International Auto Show (NYIAS for short) will be our last major auto show of the year, otherwise known as the “Silly Season”. What makes it silly? Manufacturers compete for your attention in the most unique ways. Some use pomp and circumstance, others are all light shows and laser beams, further some bring in the dancing girls and some even play on your emotions with cute and cuddly animals to grab your attention. They all do a pretty good job if I do say so myself.

Beginning tomorrow morning, our brave and illustrious medical professional as Automobile Journalist will run from venue to venue attempting to keep up with the latest news while also asking those special questions in order to mine the gold in “dem der hills”. Wish Chris the best of luck as he’s going to need it in his first show in which he is flying blind and all on his own…

Deadly effects of the 55 mph Speed Limit repeal in the US 

55 mph… Exceeding it proves to be more deadly!

We examined the long-term effects of the 1995 repeal of federal speed limit controls on road fatalities and injuries in fatal crashes…

We found a 3.2% increase in road fatalities attributable to the raised speed limits on all road types in the United States. The highest increases were on rural interstates (9.1%) and urban interstates (4.0%). We estimated that 12,545 deaths (95% confidence interval [CI] = 8739 to 16,352) and 36,583 injuries in fatal crashes (95% CI = 29,322 to 43,844) were attributable to increases in speed limits across the United States.

Conclusions…

 NADA complains about higher FE rules

In response to the new model year 2012-16 automobile and light-truck fuel economy mandates, Ed Tonkin, chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) released the following statement: “These new rules are the most expensive fuel economy mandates in history. In part, this is a result of three different fuel economy standards set by three different agencies (U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board) under three different sets of rules. This is in direct contradiction to the one national fuel economy standard established by Congress in 2007.” …  

“America’s new car and truck dealers support higher fuel economy standards, but recognize that for most Americans a car or truck is a necessity, not a luxury. Under these new mandates, the price of new cars and light trucks will rise significantly, meaning fewer Americans will be able to buy the new vehicles of their choice.” …

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

#36 Grandpa didn't even drive that slow - pt 1 - Go Hypermiling!

6:51PM

#35 Honda Strikes Back

Go Hypermiling #1 - Pilot
Go Hypermiling Podcast

Type: Audio
Hosts: Kacey Green, Manuel Santos and Wayen Gerdes
Recorded: March 21, 2010
MusicTime of Day by the Clintons
Runtime: 33 min : 14 sec
Moderating: Kacey Green
Technique: Steady State Driving Styles
Main Topics: Honda narrows Prius lead with Li-Ion’s | 18-wheeler caught on video with car attached to front bumer at 60 mph | CR-Z is hot in Japan
Sponsors: CleanMPGHybrid Canada, & Midlands Hybrid | Enginer PHEV kits, Midlands Honda, & CleanMPG Scangauges

 Our Technique segment is how to maintain high fuel economy during a somewhat steady state driving scenerio.

General discussion on how to handle the long road ahead.  

Honda narrows Prius lead with Li-Ion’s

Can snazzier batteries jump-start Honda’s hybrid sales? The Honda Civic Hybrid is planning to switch to lithium-ion batteries in a bid to make it more competitive with the embattled Toyota Prius (which has the lion’s share of the hybrid market).

Li-ion is, of course, the default battery for nearly all the world’s coming plug-in EVs, and it has by far the greatest energy density of any available chemistry. Hybridcars.com reports that li-ion packs could even be cheaper than the nickel-metal packs standard in hybrids today.

While not the biggest deal in the world, it’s still very significant—the only hybrid
to use li-ion right now is the Mercedes S400, and that’s in a whole other price category. Bloomberg got its scoop, as it often does, from its Japanese reporters (Makkio Kitamura and Yuki Hagiwara). Honda Executive Vice President Koichi Kondo told them in a Tokyo interview that the Civic Hybrid would have li-ion within the next two to three years. “Lithium will become a lot more prevalent,” he said.

Honda’s li-ion plans hadn’t made it to this side of the world. A U.S.-based Honda spokesman told me, “I suspect you read the same story I did. That’s the first I’d heard of it and now you and I know the same very limited amount. It is way too soon to disclose details of any kind regarding the next-generation Civic, and I assure you that would be the answer provided by anyone (PR or executive) in North America.”
 

Honda18-wheeler on video with car stuck to the front bumer at 60 + mph

 

A Truck driver was videoed in this once in a lifetime sequence.

An unaware truck driver was captured on video going driving along without a care in the world at 60 + mph while a car was stuck sideways to the front bumper. He even passed a car whose occupants had the forethought to begin filming using their mobile phone.

The Renault Clio got trapped (no cause of the accident has been released yet
) and even more outrageous, how did the truck driver not realize he was pushing this poor guy and his Renault along at 60 + mph?

Miraculously, the car’s driver was not hurt.

In the video, taken on the A1(M) near Wetherby, West Yorks, a passenger shouts: “He hasn’t seen it!”

Eventually, the truck driver did stop and the Renault driver got out unharmed.

The source of the film said they had been “inundated” with calls since the story broke…. Imagine that??? 
 

 Honda CR-Z hot in Japan 

Honda can’t afford another hybrid failure. After lackluster sales of the newly redesigned Insight, Honda needs a hit in the hybrid segment. They are hopeful that the upcoming CR-Z can garner sales success and be a hit here in the States, but the outlook is uncertain. Whether or not the CR-Z will be a sale success or flop here remains to be seen, but the new hybrid is hot in Japan.

The CR-Z has been on sale in Japan for 3 weeks now and Honda has taken more than 8,000 orders. Honda had expected to sell only 12,000 units in the first year in Japan, so they are more than halfway there. Remember, the Insight was initially a hot vehicle in Japan as well, but its success did not carry over to the US. 

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

 

#35: Honda Strikes Back - Go Hypermiling!

7:44PM

#34 Stop that Prius! 

Go Hypermiling #1 - Pilot
Go Hypermiling Podcast

Type: Audio
Hosts: Kacey Green, Manuel Santos and Wayne Gerdes
Recorded: March 14, 2010
Music: Lee Coulter - Yoga Master
Runtime: 52 min : 51 sec
Moderating: Kacey Green
Technique: How to Survive a Runaway Prius
Main Topics:Out of Control Prius stopped by Patrol Car | Nissan says it has 56,000 Leaf preorders in U.S. alone | Journalists Squeeze 2011 Ford Super Duty For Impressive Fuel Economy

Sponsors: CleanMPGHybrid Canada, & Midlands Hybrid | Enginer PHEV kits, Midlands Honda, & CleanMPG Scangauges

 Our Technique segment this week is “how to survive a run-away Prius” 

  1. Use the master switch to turn off the cruise control

  2. Switch the hazard markers ON

  3. Place the vehicle in N (neutral)

  4. Make sure your right foot is on the brake pedal and not on the accelerator, and apply firm and steady pressure while safely steering in the intended direction.

  5. If required, depress the power button for 2-3 seconds to completely power-down the vehicle

  6. Bonus tip: How to stop any other “run-away” Toyota.

  Out-of-Control Prius Stopped by Patrol Car

 

On the very day Toyota was making a high-profile defense of its cars, one of them was speeding out of control.

It was a pretty frightening Monday afternoon for a driver in San Diego. The California Highway Patrol said the driver of a Toyota Prius, James Sikes, called 911 around 1:30 p.m. to say the car’s accelerator was stuck and he couldn’t slow it down.

The caller was driving eastbound on Interstate 8 near San Diego as this was happening, reports CBS News correspondent Ben Tracy. At one point the car was traveling at 90 mph.

The Highway Patrol responded. To get the runaway car to stop, they actually had to put their patrol car in front of the Prius and step on the brakes. The car eventually stopped near La Posta Bridge, but the whole even lasted for about 20 minutes…
 

 

Nissan says it has 56,000 Leaf preorders in U.S. alone

While speaking at the Geneva Auto Show, a confident Carlos Ghosn, Nissan-Renault alliance head, spoke of the coming year and his planned dominance of the EV market. Ghosn pointed to competitors speaking of concept cars, while he has a tangible product that he believes will have no competition in the market.

As it stands now, Nissan is essentially a non-player in the hybrid and eco-conscious markets, having only one borrowed hybrid drivetrain from the Toyota Camry hybrid for its Altima sedan. But Carlos Ghosn has a tangible plan and product planned to help change the face of Nissan across the global markets – especially in the U.S. where having eco-alternatives is essentially a requirement for success.

“What I am sure is that in 2011, I am going to be the only one on the market,” Ghosn said, regarding a pure EV with mass production capability…

 

Journalists Squeeze 2011 Ford Super Duty For Impressive Fuel Economy

2011 Ford Super Duty – Over 35,000 pounds being moved up and down dirt roads of a working quarry. For heavy duty needs, there is none better… Or more fuel efficient!

Fuel efficiency and heavy duty trucks haven’t traditionally been talked about in the same sentence. That’s changed now, thanks to the 2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty.

Ford recently invited journalists to test-drive the new Super Duty in Arizona. During the program, Ford challenged these reporters to a contest to see who could achieve the best fuel economy while driving the Ford-built 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 on an 80-mile stretch of surface roads and highways. The winning media team on the first round achieved 29.2 MPG  and the second an astonishing 34 mpg! …
  

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

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