Fusion Hybrid Goes the DistancePosted on April 27th, 2009
Ford team reaches 80 mpg on thousand-mile trek
This morning, a team of professional drivers and engineers hit the thousand mile mark in a 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid. When the team reached its checkpoint, the Fusion still had a third of its original tank of gas remaining.
The 1000-Mile Challenge is a fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The driving team began its trek in Mount Vernon, Virginia Saturday morning. The Fusion continues its journey till it runs out of gas. The team expects to finish the drive tomorrow morning in Washington DC.
Throughout the event, the driving team is conducting clinics on eco-driving techniques. Unlike hypermiling which focuses solely on fuel economy, eco-driving teaches car owners how to equal or lessen their commute times by choosing alternate routes, and by moving through traffic more efficiently.
A key technique involves maintaining engine speeds under 2,000 rpm. To do this, drivers must feather the throttle during acceleration. Drivers learn to avoid hard braking, and use the car’s kinetic energy to reduce fuel usage on hilly roads.
The Fusion Hybrid team achieved fuel economy is excess of 80 miles-per-gallon during the 1000-Mile Challenge. For more eco-driving tips, visit Ford’s web site.
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