• Apr 22, 2009
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How far can you get on a single tank of gas? That depends on such details as how much fuel you can fit in your tank, the efficiency of your vehicle and how much control you have over your bladder. Ford seems to think you can eke 1,000 miles out of a single tank of 87-octane with its new 2010 Fusion Hybrid – a figure that seems nearly impossible at first blush.

To meet this rather impressive goal, the aforementioned hybrid sedan would need to average 57 miles per gallon, an attainable figure since Ford's preliminary testing indicates the Fusion Hybrid can manage up to 70 mpg when driven by a hyper-miller like Wayne Gerdes, who will join NASCAR racer Carl Edwards and a few assorted engineers as drivers.

Ford estimates that it will take 43 hours to get from Mount Vernon, VA to Washington, DC – a trip of about 20 miles as the crow flies (yes, you read that right). In fact, the crew could almost make it to Miami, Florida, from their starting point in Virginia using that same tank of gas. Obviously, Ford has a meandering route in mind.

Besides attempting to prove how fuel efficient its hybrid is and how the way you drive is nearly as important as what you're driving, the Blue Oval will also be raising funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Full press release after the break.




PRESS RELEASE:

Ford Team Aims To Drive 2010 Fusion Hybrid 1,000 Miles on a Single Tank of Gas
  • The Ford Fusion Hybrid team will attempt to drive more than 1,000 miles for more than 43 continuous hours - on a single tank of gas, raising money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in the process
  • The most fuel-efficient, mid-sized sedan in America - the Fusion Hybrid driven by a team of Ford hybrid engineers, a fuel efficiency expert and a NASCAR star, will have to achieve an average of at least 57 mpg on the challenge to reach its goal
  • By using Eco-Driving techniques engineers have achieved 70 mpg during testing of the Ford Fusion Hybrid in preparation for the challenge
  • Consumers can improve their own vehicle's fuel economy performance is by adopting Ford's "Eco-Driving" tips used for the 1,000-Mile Challenge
DEARBORN, Mich., April 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- This weekend, the 2010 Ford (NYSE: F) Fusion Hybrid is being put to the ultimate fuel-efficiency test. A team of drivers, including NASCAR star Carl Edwards and world-record breaking hypermiler Wayne Gerdes, will attempt to drive more than 1,000 miles on a single tank of gas, raising money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in the process.

The 1,000-Mile Challenge starts at around 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 25, from Mount Vernon, Va., and ends the morning of Monday, April 27, in Washington, D.C. The team will drive for more than 43 hours continuously to reach the 1,000-mile goal. The drivers will do stints of between two and three hours each and will have regular breaks to ensure safe driving is maintained. Already rated as the most fuel-efficient, mid-sized sedan in America, the Fusion Hybrid will need to average at least 57 mpg to achieve its goal. During preliminary testing in preparation for this challenge, Ford engineers have reached as much as 70 mpg in the Fusion Hybrid by using Eco-Driving techniques.

The team will run clinics for media and customers over the weekend in the Fusion Hybrid, conducting interviews and vehicle demonstrations on how simple techniques can make a significant difference to real world fuel economy numbers.

The Fusion Hybrid being used in the challenge will be a factory produced model with no modifications or alterations and will run on regular 87 octane gas.

The team will be uploading regular images and video to YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/fordstory), Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fordmotorcompany), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/people/Kristopher-Spencer/1228149870), Twitter (http://twitter.com/Ford), and www.media.ford.com.

Ford is taking on the 1,000-Mile Challenge for a number of reasons:
  • To demonstrate Ford's commitment to be the best or amongst the best in fuel economy in every vehicle segment in which it competes;
  • To highlight the crucial role the driver plays in maximizing fuel economy and demonstrate how consumers can make a difference through Eco-Driving;
  • To raise awareness about Eco-Driving and how the Fusion Hybrid contributes to it with the ability to run up to 47 mph in pure electric mode; and
  • To raise awareness and funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
The 1,000-Mile Challenge team comprises of:
  • Wayne Gerdes, the world-record breaking hypermiling champion and founder of www.cleanmpg.com;
  • Carl Edwards, the NASCAR race star who recently bought his own 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid;
  • Sherif Marakby, graduate of Maryland University and Ford hybrid chief engineer;
  • Gil Portalatin, Ford hybrid applications manager and Ford Fusion Hybrid team leader;
  • Tom Rolewicz, one of Ford's top calibration experts and hybrid system expert; and
  • Steve Burke, Ford product expert on hybrid applications

The mileage-maximizing techniques that the Ford team will use and pass on to consumers include:
  • 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 the "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; and
  • Avoiding bumps and potholes that can reduce momentum

Click here (http://media.ford.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=28946) for more Eco-Driving tips

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Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 213,000 employees and about 90 plants worldwide, the company's wholly owned brands include Ford, Lincoln, Mercury and Volvo. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford's products, please visit www.ford.com.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      What they're just driving a loop 37 times? Laaame. Driving from here to there is something to boast about, not going around a calculated route with known traffic over and over.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I like the way they are doing this test.

        Actually driving the same route over and over is a better test for most people. most of us drive the same route back and forth to work every day. Driving from city to city is nice for a PR stunt, but driving around town and around the burbs for most normal cars is a great test of efficiency. It's much harder getting great mileage in town with a non-hybrid car, not to mention, doing laps to the same starting and ending point means it'll be impossible the course is all down hill.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I gotta agree with you guys, they are doing it on a local roads to keep speeds down so they get the best return with the hybrid since it gets a much higher city rating then it does on the freeway. They couldn't get 1000 miles out of it on the freeway which seems like the main place I would be if I had to travel 1000 miles.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So many here trying to downplay it. Do they think only Toyota or Honda have the right to do such mileage attempts?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Meandering route?does that mean it's all downhill?
      Anyway 100mpg is a feat.Hope Ford does it.It'll be great to add to their list of credentials for this impressive car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You can get 1000 km (two thirds of 1000 mile) on a single tank of 95 Octane (which is standard in Europe) from a 2.5 liter petrol Euro-specced Mazda6 without much effort in normal use without hypermiling techniques.

      This Ford's test is a publicity stunt.
        • 5 Years Ago
        There's a 50% difference in the mileage of this Ford if it can do this and the Mazda you are talking about. A 50% difference. 1000k=620 or so mi, and a British gallon=1.2 or so US gallons. Do the math, mate.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would much rather see a coast to coast comparison say from L.A. to NYC. Now, that would definitely make headlines!
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's a PR decision.

        "1000 miles on a single tank of gas!"

        or

        "Coast to coast on 3 tanks of gas!"

        It's the same amount of efficiency, but which sounds more impressive?
        When you say three tanks, the customer thinks about filling up three times, instead of how far he went on that fuel.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Rich, think about that. If it's a loop, then there are exactly as many uphills to navigate as there are downhills.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Does anyone here realize what weekend traffic is like in suburban Washington DC? This can't possibly be "just a loop", though the press release doesn't specify (prolly for security reasons).
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's at $4.37 right now. Are you saying it's gonna drop if they get it done?
        • 5 Years Ago
        That was a response to Tang, commenting system sucks.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm never going to hyper-mill so I totally don't give a poop about any of this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd take this car over a prius any day of the week.
      Tree huggers won't buy it though, because it doesn't make enough of a statement.
      This car just goes to show you, that you don't need to look like dork to get good gas mileage.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How many people do you know who drive 1000 miles to work? It's about real world,everday driving.Work,soccer,grocery store,bank,gym etc.... I'll take 2!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      If they get it done, will Ford's stock price return to $4.25?
      • 5 Years Ago
      While GM and Chrysler are spending time avoiding or planning for bankruptcy, Ford highlights its product through an event that will advertise its capabilities and to give customers a reason to buy a Ford.

      Some companies have it. Some companies just don't get it.

      Today's Ford gets it and is not ashamed to show it!
        • 5 Years Ago
        While i see your point LS2LS7 i agree completely with Laser. Its positive for Ford and although there in a different place than the other two they still are much more aggressive in SHOWING there product to the consumer. Example; GM had 2010 productions cars at a local auto show. The buick and the camero however you couldn't even breath on them or go near them because they were "preproduction". These are the cars that while bring people back to the show rooms and they couldn't even show the product cuz some one might scuff the interior??? Its not right. Any normal time preproduction is preproduction however the game of just promissing words and showing us pictures of the products we could have if GM survives isn't enough.

        Ford if anything gets; positive message + solid product (doesn't even have to be the best) = sales and TRUST.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't think the two thing you list are comparable.

        GM and Chrysler are working on their viability plans out of necessity. If Ford's future hinged on a viability plan, they'd be working on theirs too.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think the thing to remember is that Ford began it's restructuring a ways before GM (and especially Chrysler), and did so much more drastically.

        I'm a GM man, admittedly, but I'll be darned if there isn't a single new Ford first drive/ABG or reveal that I've read, detailing a new model year, where I wasn't wholly impressed by the acheivements and advancedments made from the previous year or generation.

        We just went and looked at the new Stang and Fusion today, for the heck of it, and wow... how can you say no? And sorry, but 34 MPG highway in the Fusion/Milan non-hybrid is ridiculously impressive.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @LS2LS7,

        Ford's future does depend on its viability plan. It just isn't so bad at managing its own business that it has to prove it to the government.
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