• Apr 28th 2009 at 12:59PM
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The team that set out this past weekend to cover 1,000 miles on a single tank of gasoline succeeded and then some. When the team of race drivers, engineers and hyper-milers crossed the 1,000-mile mark a little after 9:00 am on Monday morning, there was still more than a third of a tank left. Over 47 hours of running the team led by NASCAR driver Carl Edwards and including record braking hyper-miler Wayne Gerdes averaged over 80 mpg.

The plan is to drive the bone stock Fusion until the tank runs dry. Along the way team members are running public clinics to help teach people how to drive more efficiently, even if they can't necessarily match the antics of Gerdes, while simultaneously raising money for the Juvenile diabetes Foundation. While it's obviously possible to achieve these kinds of lofty mileage numbers in the Fusion, it isn't something most people will do on a regular basis, but Ford set out to prove it could be done and the team succeeded. Kudos.


WASHINGTON, April 27, 2009 – At 9:08 a.m. this morning, the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid team hit the 1,000-mile mark on a single tank of gas, and is continuing its ultimate fuel-efficiency challenge with nearly one-third of a tank of fuel remaining.

The 1,000-mile mark was achieved with the Fusion Hybrid 1,000-Mile Challenge team leader and NASCAR driver, Carl Edwards, behind the wheel. Other team members include world-record breaking hypermiler Wayne Gerdes and several Ford hybrid engineers.

The 1,000-Mile Challenge started at 8:15 a.m. on Saturday, April 25, from Mount Vernon, Va., and is expected to end on Tuesday, April 28 in Washington, D.C.

A regular production version of the Fusion Hybrid – the most fuel efficient mid-sized sedan in America – delivered over 80 miles per gallon over the course of 47 hours of continuous driving. The team will continue to drive until the fuel tank is depleted.

The vehicle is being put to the test to demonstrate Ford's commitment to be the best, or amongst the best, in fuel economy in every vehicle segment in which it competes and to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in the process.

As part of the event, the team is conducting clinics for media and customers in the Fusion Hybrid, providing interviews and vehicle demonstrations on how simple techniques can make a significant difference to real world fuel economy numbers. The team also is uploading regular images and video of the challenge to YouTube, Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, and www.media.ford.com.

Mileage-maximizing techniques that the Ford team used and recommend 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

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      • 6 Years Ago
      GUYS!!!!! Read the guidelines and objectives in the original post.Many stops,rest,driver switches,eating,etc... You can't figure the average speed based on what YOU can't SEE,your aren't there!! Sorry Addison,I don't believe you,you are another negative doomsdayer or a LIAR looking to cast negative mental images about an american owned car company that's doing great things.If everyone took SOME of these driving ideas into your daily drives,you would all save money on gas,brakes and tires.I drove tractor trailers for 22 years and you learn to do these things thru experiences and HAVING to drive alongside ignorant drivers everyday.Most drivers don't know squat about road etiquette and courtiessness to others around you.Be patient,slow down and save lives,money,resources,hair and road rage!!!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        [I realize replying to people on the Internet is typically an exercise in futility, but so be it.]

        What an horrifically dumb and ignorant thing to write.

        #1 - Who cares that is an American car company? Did I write anything negative about Ford? I don't care--at all--who arranged this experiment. Had it been a Bentley

        #2 - You, some random lout on the Internet, are going to tell me that my eyes did not see what I saw on the GW Parkway as I was driving home yesterday? The unbridled chutzpah and arrogance you have is amazing. I guess one thing you did not learn from your 22 years of big-rig driving was basic civility.

        #3 - The point was a simple one: Going less than half the posted speed limit for a publicity stunt is dangerous, unwise, and, ultimately, futile, as their results have no bearing in real-world driving.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I cannot for the life of me understand why anyone would think this test is an accurate example of what people are going to get on a daily basis, or why anyone would think that is what Ford is trying to advertise.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, I know. This was meant to be a reply to someone else but it made itself its own little comment.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You see, that's just it - this isn't a test. It's a publicity stunt, nothing more. It isn't meant to meet validation test requirements, it isn't meant to replace EPA ratings, for whatever they're worth. Its just a stunt to make people think about how great the Fusion Hybrid is, or could be...
      • 6 Years Ago
      You can get a nice looking hybrid with normal styling instead of the hey look at me and throw up, Prius.
      Ford`s Fusion deserves to be America`s #1 selling car.
      Ford should have used the Taurus name when the Fusion launched.

      Even Consumer Reports bias against American cars is starting to soften a little bit.
      Good job Ford!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Way to go Ford! If I was ever in the market for a Hybrid, the Fusion would be first on my list.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is such pointless BS. I did some searching on hypermiling and found a guy doing it in the same car I drive. A Ford ZX2.

      He gets 100MPG in a Ford ZX2. So I guess a standard ZX2 with wheel covers beats a Fusion.

      I get about 25mpg in my Zx2. So I guess I would get 1/4 of the 80MPG in theory 20MPG driving the Fusion like a normal person. ;-)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Too late...no one buys Fords and every one else is ahead by designing cars like FCV and longer runing batteries.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I want one of these cars now!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Congratulations!! Exxon take notice........
      • 6 Years Ago
      As I predicted, (well actually better). I predicted they would exceed the 1000 miles by at least 20%.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Was one of their sponsors Febreze, or Depends?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would like to see a "Cannonball Run" sort of event similar to this. Rather than have just the Fusion ride on a closed loop I would like to see a 1000 mile race from DC to Miami (or something 1000 miles apart). Best time, best MPG, least gas wins. Cars must be stock and no illegal or unsafe hypermiling techniques could be used. So no drafting 5 feet behind a Semi-Truck or driving half off the road for example. I think it would be an interesting race.

      It is amazing how people learn to Hypermile when ANY car is on E and there is no gas station in sight. Seems like the techniques become self evident at that point. LOL.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Driving at an average speed of 20mph also does wonders for your fuel economy.
        • 6 Years Ago
        actually 20mph is not the best for hypermiling. 45-55 is more like it. sometimes you can achieve better mpg at higher speed because engine is working in most efficient rpm range. my old mazda 5 averaged better mpg in 80 than in 70.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The average speed you calculated takes into account stops to piss, stops to eat, traffic, etc. I am curious to see how they kept up with traffic and what the actual driven avg speed was as compared to the roads driven etc.

        20 mph avg is only bad in the context of a closed loop (like a track) or on the highway. If considered in the context of the driving situation (or compared to a regular car on the same loop) it may not be that big of a deal.

        The reason avg speed is not being exclaimed may be the general nature of most to not put it into the context and dismiss the exercise out of ignorance.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Oops my mistake. This was a continuous driving event - no piss breaks or food stops deflating the average speed number.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If this was non-stop, continuous driving, how'd they switch drivers? How'd they go 47 hours without eating/peeing/sleeping? Or am I missing something?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I passed this car yesterday. They should have been arrested for driving the speed they were. The car was an unsafe rolling road block on the George Washington Parkway. Everyone is doing 55 - 70mph and they were barely moving with hazard lights on (going perhaps 20mph). Coming over a crest only to find a car barely moving is less than delightful--and to know it was going that speed for a publicity stunt...

      Color me deeply unimpressed by their total mileage, a figure that has little-to-no application in real-world driving for a number of reasons (e.g., speed too low, aerodynamic drag increases as a square of velocity).
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