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May 17, 2008

Sustainability Post #5 — HyperMiling

Filed under: Information — Tags: , , — Topher @ 6:28 pm

What is hypermiling? According to a fantastic August 2006 story in the Washington Post, it is a method of increasing your car’s gas mileage by making skillful changes in the way you drive, allowing you to save gas and thereby have an easier time withstanding the rising oil and gas prices.http://www.hypermiling.com

While some of the techniques are a bit extreme, many are perfectly usable in normal driving situations. I invite you to go take a look at that website, it says things far better than I can. I have started trying the techniques myself, we will see how it goes.

One item which makes this much easier is a instantaneous Miles per Gallon meter. Instead of waiting until you fill up to evaluate how well you drove on that tank full, it tells you how you are driving right now.
I found one at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/ScanGauge-Compact-Multifunction-Computer-Customizable/dp/B000AAMY86/
It sounds like it isn’t too hard to install, though the directions are full of acronyms and expect car-geek levels of buzzword knowledge. I will report on how easy it is to install as soon as I get one. The description says it will work on any 1996 or later car with OBDII (whatever that means).

Edit: It seems that all cars sold in the US starting with 1996 model year have OBDII, and the plug should be easy to locate in the passenger compartment near the driver. There are a few cars (mostly diesel) which are incompatible.


1 Comment »

  1. I have had my ScanGauge for a week or so now. While it is very geeky to setup and use, I have found that it is also very helpful. The real-time MPG gauge is the most valuable feature, followed by the very detailed trip reports that show miles traveled, average miles per gallon, cost per trip, cost per mile, max speed, min speed and more.

    Basically if you watch the gauge (safely) you learn how to drive more gently to optimize fuel consumption. With my Escape Hybrid I have gained at least 2 MPG, and now average 30.5 MPG on most trips.

    Comment by Guy Marsden — June 5, 2008 @ 12:16 pm

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