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10:12AM

#33 A falling giant - Go Hypermiling!

Go Hypermiling #1 - Pilot
Go Hypermiling Podcast

Type: Audio
Hosts: Kacey Green and Manuel Santos
Recorded: March 8, 2010
MusicThey Might Be Giants - Am I Awake?
Runtime: 37 min : 48 sec
Moderating: Kacey Green
Technique: Winterizing your car and your driving style
Main Topics:Closing of Rest Stops Stirs Anger in Arizona | New York Mother files wrongful death suit against Toyota
Sponsors: CleanMPGHybrid Canada, & Midlands Hybrid | Enginer PHEV kits, Midlands Honda, & CleanMPG Scangauges

 

Our Technique segment is Winterizing your car and your driving style

As with most things in life Kacey, a bit of upfront diligence and preparation can do wonders later on.  And on this note, nothing is more true than preparing your vehicle for the challenges of our northern winters.  We’ll start with the perennial favorites:

- Block your front grill. After all, a warmer engine is an efficient and cleaner running engine.

- If possible, invest in an engine block heater and use it diligently.

- Make sure your tires are properly inflated as their pressure will be lower with lowering temperatures.

- Consider a good set of winter tires as safety should never take a back seat to anything else.

- Change your oil and choose the lowest viscosity oil recommended for your vehicle

- Do not warm idle your car as that will not only shorten the life of the emissions control package and related components, but also give you 0 MPG in addition to polluting a whole lot for very little in return.

- Finally, drive carefully and sensibly even if your vehicle has the latest safety systems like stability assist and traction control.

 

Arizona closes rest stops in an attempt to slow their budget problems.

The rest stop on U.S. 60 near Wickenburg, Ariz., is among 13 the state closed in a cost-saving move. Many people are not happy. But then the state took away their toilets, and residents began to revolt. 
“Why don’t they charge a quarter or something?’” said Connie Lucas, who lives in Pine, Ariz., . “There was one rest stop between here and Phoenix, and we really needed it.” 
Arizona has the largest budget gap in the country when measured as a percentage of its overall budget, and the state Department of Transportation was $100 million in the red last fall when it decided to close 13 of the state’s 18 highway rest stops. 

 

A young lady looses her life in a car Toyota dealer claims was not at risk for unintended acceleration.

This week’s story concerns yet another fatality attributed to the unintended accelerations issues that has been plaguing  some Toyota vehicles.

As it turns out, Sandra Livingston of Roosevelt, NY, filed a wrongful death lawsuit seeking general and punitive damages against Toyota for the death of her daughter Tyrene Livingston. Tyrene’s 2007 Toyota Yaris “suddenly accelerated and crashed” while she was driving on U.S. Route 30 in East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Tyrene was wearing her seat belt while she was driving to her teaching internship at a local high school.

As she traveled down the highway, the Yaris suddenly accelerated out of control and Tyrene was unable to stop the vehicle by braking. The Yaris crossed four lanes of the highway at a high rate of speed, went over a curb, crashed through a guardrail, and collided with the trees at the bottom of an embankment, which sadly resulted in Tyrene’s death. She was considered a safe driver with an excellent driving record.

Just four days prior to the fatal accident, Tyrene brought her Yaris to a Toyota dealership and complained of problems with the vehicle, including what she perceived to be issues with braking. The vehicle was inspected and tested, and Tyrene was assured that nothing was wrong. Her car is one of those Toyota’s with mechanical linkages to the throttle as opposed to the newer Drive by wire systems found in other Toyota and Lexus vehicles.

Sad as it is, many believe that this lawsuit may be another case of ambulance chasing. 

What do you think?

 

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

#33 A falling giant - Go Hypermiling!

6:32AM

#30 Special! - Go Hypermiling!

Go Hypermiling #1 - PilotGo Hypermiling Podcast

Type: Audio
Hosts: Kacey Green, Jud Engles and Mike Sirach
Recorded: January 10, 2010
MusicAl Philpp and The Woo Team - The Experimental Album II - Awakening
Runtime: 20 min : 55 sec
Moderating: Kacey Green
Technique: Grill Blocking
Main Topics: Jud’s NAIAS Crushes, Mike’s NAIAS interests,  & Kacey’s NAIAS Prospects
Sponsors: CleanMPG, Hybrid Canada, & Midlands Hybrid | Enginer PHEV SystemsWe Use Coupons 

Kacey, Jud, & Mike look forward to the North American International Auto Show.

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

#30 Special! - Go Hypermiling!

9:54PM

#19 CR-X Reborn - Go Hypermiling!

Go Hypermiling #1 - PilotGo Hypermiling Podcast

Type: Audio
Hosts: Kacey Green, Manuel Santos and Wayne Gerdes
Recorded: October 26, 2009
MusicShannon Hurley - Overboard
Runtime: 48 min : 00 sec
Moderating: Kacey Green
Technique: Taking a bite out of the cold
Main Topics: 2011 Honda CR-Z- 2nd Concept revealed on the Tokyo Autoshow Floor, Boom in U.S. coal plants poses big questions and Oil at $80 per barrel with gas and diesel rising sharply.

Sponsors: CleanMPGHybrid Canada, & Midlands Hybrid | Enginer PHEV SystemsFriarsgate MobilSound proof foam.

For our technique segment, Wayne teaches us about the effects of colder temperatures on fuel economy.

Kacey then goes into detail about the upcoming 2011 Honda CR-Z Hybrid concept recent introduced to the Tokyo Auto Show crowds.

Manuel tells us about the problems and promise of King Coal including pitting consumer power demands against the environment.

A very well balanced discussion with both sides taken into account.

Finally Wayne tells us about $80 per Barrel oil for the first time this year. Gasoline may never again be as cheap as it was just 9-months ago…

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

#19 CR-X Reborn - Go Hypermiling!

11:11AM

#17 Booze Boost & a Behemoth - Go Hypermiling!

Go Hypermiling #1 - PilotGo Hypermiling Podcast

Type: Audio
Hosts: Kacey Green, Manuel Santos and Wayne Gerdes
Recorded: October 11, 2009
Music: The Wire - Dan-O at DanoSongs.com
Runtime: 38 min : 0 sec
Moderating: Kacey Green
Technique: Speed Limits
Main Topics: Ethanol-free gas becoming popular, Ford’s EcoBoost is turning technology into awards and the Chevrolet Caprice to make a comeback as a Police Cruiser.

Sponsors: CleanMPGHybrid Canada, & Midlands Hybrid | Enginer PHEV SystemsSunshine Toyota in WinnipegPalmetto Horse and Hound

For our technique segment, Wayne teaches us about how speed limits are an effective means of increasing fuel economy and safety.

Next, a special topic should give us all a reason to celebrate - Traffic Fatalities are at a record lows!

Kacey then goes into detail about E10 fuel and the problems it has caused. Many stations around the country are selling now selling non-ethanol laced gasoline because of it.

Manuel tells us about Ford’s EcoBoost technology being recognized for its innovation that has the potential to change the world.

For those of us not familiar with EcoBoost, this system uses turbocharging and direct gasoline injection to boost engine output, reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency by as much as 20 percent.

Finally Wayne tells us about Chevrolet’s Caprice comeback with a police cruiser variant in 2011. It is a modern, full-size, rear-drive sedan offered with either a V8 or V6 engine and a whole host of specialized equipment and features. More importantly, will it or should it stand a chance with a future of $4.00 or more gasoline prices?

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

#17 Booze Boost & a Behemoth - Go Hypermiling!

3:32PM

#16 Silence is Golden - Go Hypermiling!

Go Hypermiling #1 - PilotGo Hypermiling Podcast

Type: Audio
Hosts: Kacey Green, Manuel Santos and Wayne Gerdes
Recorded: October 4, 2009
Music: Thievery Corporation - DC 3000
Runtime: 36 min : 0 sec
Moderating: Kacey Green
Technique: Basic Setup
Main Topics: The Deadly Silence of the Electric Car, 2010 Prius III Prices on the Rise, Jack Rickard Leads the Quest for the Ultimate BEV
Sponsors: CleanMPGHybrid Canada, & Midlands Hybrid | Enginer PHEV SystemsSunshine Toyota in WinnipegPalmetto Horse and Hound

First for our technique segment, Wayne teaches us about basic setup of our vehicles.

Next, Kacey has a surprise for us in the form of the pre-production CR-Z Concept car. We note the 6MT (6 speed Manual Transmission). We discussed engine sizes and fuel economy potential for the final version of the car. Kacey drops the thought provoking nugget that perhaps this car may have a dual clutched sequential transmission.

Kacey then brings us the news that folks are again trying to “bell the hybrids”; busybodies are again targeting hybrid cars and their owners with the misguided notion that the vehicles are too quiet and they absolutely have to stick their hooks into these cars and trucks. 

Manuel tells us about Jack Rickard and his pursuit of building the world’s best battery electric vehicle.

Finally Wayne tells us what’s happening in the world of the Prius 3G. Toyota has finally released details on the Prius I and pricing. I describe their efforts as trying to create an Insight competitor pricewise and failing miserably giving us a fat stripped down car that the typical Prius owner isn’t interested in. We discuss what this car means for fleets, and tinkerers, as well as try and decide if real people will be able to get their hands on this mythical unicorn. 

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

#16 Silence is Golden - Go Hypermiling!

4:34PM

#15 Dump the Clunker - Go Hypermiling!

Go Hypermiling #1 - PilotGo Hypermiling Podcast

Type: Audio
Hosts: Kacey Green, Manuel Santos and Wayne Gerdes
Recorded: September 27, 2009
Music: The Rapture - Sister Saviour (Blackstrobe Remix)
Runtime: 26 min : 29 sec
Moderating: Kacey Green
Technique: FAS (Forced Auto Stop)
Main Topics: Battle of the Titan’s and sometimes the favorite does not win…, Is the family sedan history? and 1959 Chevy Bel Air hit by 2009 Malibu.
Sponsors: CleanMPG, Hybrid Canada, & Midlands Hybrid | Enginer PHEV SystemsSunshine Toyota in Winnipeg, Palmetto Horse and Hound

First up, Wayne describes the technique of FAS’ing on the go or at a standstill.

Next up, Kacey tells us that in the “Battle of the Titan’s, sometimes the favorite does not win…

Manuel then discusses “Is the family sedan history?

Finally Wayne describes how a “1959 Chevy Bel Air is crashed into a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu - He’s Dead Jim!

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

#15 Dump the Clunker - Go Hypermiling!

5:15AM

#14 Nickel vs. Lithium - Go Hypermiling!

Go Hypermiling #1 - PilotGo Hypermiling Podcast

Type: Audio
Hosts: Kacey Green, Manuel Santos and Wayne Gerdes
Recorded: September 20, 2009
Music: Spoon - Revenge!
Runtime: 29 min : 19 sec
Moderating: Kacey Green
Technique: Threading the Needle

Main Topics: Toyota decides to continue with Nickel after Plug-in Prius Test, In a heavy downpour, a young driver loses control and her life and Ford improves the European Focus Econetic even further.

Sponsors: CleanMPG, Hybrid Canada, & Midlands Hybrid | Enginer PHEV SystemsSound Proof Foam, Midlands Honda

First up, Wayne describes the technique of Threading the Needle or maintaining momentum though a left turn even with traffic.

Next up, Manuel tells us that “Toyota has decided to continue with Nickel after Li-Ion equipped Plug-in Prius was tested.”

Kacey then describes “In a heavy downpour, a young driver loses control and her life.”

Finally Wayne describes how ”Ford has improved the European Focus ECOnetic even further.”

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

#14 Nickel vs. Lithium - Go Hypermiling!

12:43PM

#13: Round vs. Round - Go Hypermiling!

Go Hypermiling #1 - PilotGo Hypermiling PodcastType: Audio  
Hosts: Kacey Green, Manuel Santos, Wayne Gerdes and our Special Guest Dan Kroushl
Recorded: September 13 2009 Music: Paul Westerberg - Looking Up In Heaven
Runtime: 44 min : 22 sec
Moderating: Kacey Green
Technique: NICE-On

Main Topics: All-new Ford designed and built 6.7L diesel for the 2011 Ford SuperDuty, When round and black becomes lean and green, and The Enginer - Plugin Hybrid Electric Vehicle PHEV Conversion System.

Sponsors: CleanMPG, Hybrid Canada, & Midlands Hybrid | Enginer PHEV Systems ScangaugesSound Proof Foam, Midlands Honda

First up, Wayne describes the technique of NICE-On or letting the engine idle vs. fuel cut, engine braking and the AT.

Next up, we discuss the upcoming Ford 6.7L PowerStroke turbo-diesel engine scheduled for the 2011 Ford SuperDuty with Manuel.

Wayne then talks about the TireRack article “When Round and Black becomes Mean and Green“ using a multitude of tires on Prius-II’s. The tires were tested for Fuel Economy, wet and dry traction plus braking distances.

Our special guest, Dan Kroushl goes into great detail about the Enginer PHEV conversion he installed into his own 2004 Toyota Prius-II.

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

#13: Round vs. Round - Go Hypermiling!

4:12PM

#12: "They said, What?!" – Go Hypermiling!

Go Hypermiling #1 - PilotGo Hypermiling PodcastType: Audio
Hosts: Kacey Green & Manuel Santos
Recorded: September 7, 2009 Music: Le Tigre - Fake French
Runtime: 30 min : 47 sec
Moderating: Kacey Green
Technique: Smart Braking

Main Topics: US lawsuit could ban or fine Toyota hybrids & Toyota Responds to Paice ITC Filing, Audi President Calls The Volt “A Car For Idiots”, and Are you really supposed to change oil every 3000 miles?

Sponsors: CleanMPG, Hybrid Canada, & Midlands Hybrid | CleanMPG ScangaugesHonda Civic Hybrid, Midlands Honda

Kacey and Manuel discuss Toyota patents, GM vs. Audi and the “Interval”.

First up, Kacey describes the technique of Smart Braking or maintaining momentum even if you use your brakes.

Next up, Manuel tells us about the US lawsuit could ban or fine Toyota hybrids & Toyota Responds to Paice ITC Filing.

Kacey then talks about the Audi President Calls The Volt “A Car For Idiots”, with a head to head of Audi tech vs. GM’s.

We finish up with Manuel discussing an interesting topic for all regarding Are you really supposed to change oil every 3000 miles?

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

#12: "They said, What?!" – Go Hypermiling!

12:58PM

#11: "I wouldn't leave home without it!" – Go Hypermiling!

Go Hypermiling #1 - PilotGo Hypermiling PodcastType: Audio
Hosts: Kacey Green, Manuel Santos, Wayne Gerdes
Recorded: August 30, 2009 Music: Gilberto Gil - Oslodum
Runtime: 30 min : 24 sec
Moderating: Kacey Green
Technique: MIB or Marble in a Bowl
Main Topics: BMW’s Vision Concept, 2010 Toyota Prius broadens its appeal and reach, Letter to the Massachusetts State Police.
Sponsors: CleanMPG, Hybrid Canada, & Midlands Hybrid | Birchwood Collision CenterHonda Civic Hybrid,
Midlands Honda

Kacey, Manuel, and Wayne discuss the future, the present and if you can’t drive right, maybe you shouldn’t drive at all?

First up, we discuss the technique of MIB (Marble in a bowl) or letting gravity tell you when to turn.

Next up, Wayne tells us about the BMW Vision Concept, BMW’s vision of the future.

Kacey then talks about the 2010 Toyota Prius broadens its appeal and reach, with an overview of who Prius buyers used to be vs. who they are today. 

We finish up with Manuel discussing an interesting topic in which a CleanMPG member puts forth an effort to change a State Troopers driving habits in Letter to the Massachusetts state police.

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

#11: "I wouldn't leave home without it!" – Go Hypermiling!