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Ford hoping for 1,000 miles on a tank

Posted by Bill Griffith  April 24, 2009 02:04 PM

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1,000 miles on a single tank?

A team of drivers is attempting to drive a 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid 1,000 miles on a single tank of gas this weekend. Ford engineers have hit 70 miles per gallon in trips by using hyper-mileage driving techniques. The group will need to average 57 miles per gallon to achieve its goal during the 43-hour attempt, changing drivers every two or three hours.

Among its fuel-saving driving techniques:

  • 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 a “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

  • Avoiding bumps and potholes that can reduce momentum.

For more info, see Ford's press release.

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20 comments so far...
  1. I can't see what this test will prove as only a dork driver would drive like this.

    Posted by bert f. April 24, 09 11:12 PM
  1. whoopie doo.
    If VW ever brought the Polo Diesel stateside, hybrids would get crushed.

    Posted by diesel > hybrid April 25, 09 04:25 AM
  1. These fuel-saving techniques work on regular vehicles too!

    Posted by Jerry Nault April 25, 09 08:28 AM
  1. I have been averaging about 640 miles per tank in my 2000 VW Golf TDI Diesel 4 banger @ 90 horsepower for over 8 years now.. Perhaps the big three are awake now..The internal combustion engine is obsolete. I will drive the VW till the wheels fall off in anticipation of a high mileage vehicle that won't require any fuel.

    Posted by TDI Man April 25, 09 01:41 PM
  1. I saw the Fusion hybrid outside of DC on the GW Parkway, a divided highway with at 45 mph speed limit. When I passed the car it was doing no more than 25 mph with its hazard lights flashing. While it may be able to make it 1000 miles in an unrealistic situation such as this one, these claims should be taken for what they are: a mere marketing ploy.

    Posted by Boston Hoya April 25, 09 06:07 PM
  1. So if they do reach "1000 miles" on a tank.... will they be advertising this? Come on... how realistic is it that everyone that uses the "pulse and glide" technique, maintains even "throttle pressure" and "AVOIDS BUMPS and POTHOLES" will experience the same mpg (and per tank). I know they are not advertising that it does, but they will if it the goal is met. What a crock.

    Posted by Daygloson April 26, 09 09:36 AM
  1. Even if they only get 750 miles out of the tank of gas, then have proven a lot and demonstrated more creativety and innovation then other auto makers.

    Posted by jeremy April 26, 09 10:50 AM


    Posted by FRANK April 26, 09 11:57 AM
  1. Much of these fuel-saving driving techniques are made ueseless when a car has regenerative braking.

    Posted by R. Keyes April 26, 09 12:49 PM
  1. idiots on this board

    whats with all the negative comments....its an American company trying to do something.....whats up w the other car companies....maybe Ford starts rebounding thanks to things like that so bad....?
    Also, they are just stating some factors they are applying to try to get there (to the 1,000)...and yes these can be applied to the car your driving now.....but maybe next time they add some additional things like making sure the A/C strictly uses electrical stored energy...or whatever....why are people so sour about something so important to you kids futures....? We need to get off Oil.....

    Posted by chris April 26, 09 11:24 PM
  1. They should do a comparison test, let a test group of ordinary drivers, both young and old (as we know driving habits change as one gets older) drive it and see the miles per gallon average for a tank of gas during their normal daily routine. This would be a far more realistic test than a scientist picking the exact route (go west - east to get the wind behind you and raise the sail!!).

    What sort of mileage would it get on the expressway at 7am in the morning, crawling along at 2 mph?

    Posted by G. Dunne April 27, 09 08:03 AM
  1. #2

    Good luck finding someone who can fix deisel, enjoy spending your salary at the dealer if something goes wrong, which would be quite often with VW.

    Posted by Hiya April 27, 09 08:42 AM
  1. I have been getting 32 mpg on my 1993 Coralla Wagon for 16 years now.
    It is a very small tank, but still goes over 300 miles on a tankful.
    When prices went sky high I complained to my coworkers that for the first time ever it cost me more than $20 to fill it up. They told me their cars cost $60-$80 to fill up. And that only got them about the same, or just a little more, total miles as me!

    Posted by IWasAtTheFiskGame April 27, 09 10:41 AM
  1. FiskGame: Where can I find one of those Corallas?

    Posted by IWasntAtTheFiskGame April 28, 09 03:56 PM
  1. German engineering! Good luck getting your VW fixed without emptying your wallet. I think it is great that Ford finally is getting the idea that we need to be able to compete with Japan to get our car industry back on the road to recovery. Forget the Germans, they build OK cars but they are not reliable but somehow they have given the impression that they are great engineers, give me a break

    Posted by ron April 29, 09 12:53 PM
  1. Ford actually completed the test. It got 81.5 mpg and beat theri expectaton of 1000 on a tank and actually went 1,445 miles on one tank of gas... I think that this is an incredible feat!

    Posted by vlkswgn99 April 30, 09 12:21 PM
  1. This is great. Japanese marketing has us rooting against our own team for accomplishing great things. If this was a hockey team people would be chanting U-S-A U-S-A. Instead. Nice job Ford and my fellow American engineers, keep up the good work. I wish you all the best of luck.

    Posted by Frank May 1, 09 12:40 AM
  1. you guys are funny

    Posted by the_german May 5, 09 07:56 AM
  1. Ford is the only American car industry left since it practices Free Market ideas and doesn't take taxpayer money to innovate. If Americans want to buy American, then they should be looking at Ford cars. Taxpayers will know the real price of their car and only pay once for it.

    Posted by L Weiland May 21, 09 11:42 AM
  1. Hey:

    Give credit where credit is due. Ford is standing up for the American Auto worker. They finally caught the hybrid bug (2 years late) but theyQ have the best option for an American car today. Oh I am not a ford lover because Europeans have been getting 700+ out of their cars for the past 2 years in normal driving conditions.

    Also Ford, Stop hyping the car. bring it out already and stop with the delays. Pricing - you must be kidding if you think I will pay 40000 for one. and one last thing your test is full of balogna. Who is going to tell the cars in front and behind me to get out of the way or get off mytail - I need higher MPG? Hmmm?

    Posted by JM August 17, 09 10:23 PM

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