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Old 09-13-2011, 01:24 PM   #1
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Kia Optima Hybrid sets hypermiling fuel economy record:

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"If you need a gimmick to underscore the fuel economy of a new vehicle, you can't pick a better one than this: a new Guinness world record for the lowest fuel consumption in a hybrid gasoline vehicle while driving through all "lower 48" U.S. states.

To do it, Kia turned to Wayne Gerdes from Wadsworth, Ill., one of the country's top hypermilers, and Chris Bernius from New York. They drove a factory-standard 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid sedan some 7,899 mile route across America. Using their driving techniques, they achieved 64.55 miles per gallon. That's 61% beteter than the car's EPA gas mileage ratings.

Amazingly, the Optima Hybrid used only 5 and half tanks of gas go cover every lower-48 state. There were two people in the car, plus luggage, in order to qualify for the record.

They set off on Aug. 26 at Kia's factory in West Point, Ga. and finished last week in Greenville, S.C. There will be a ceremony today to fete the pair in West Point."
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Old 09-13-2011, 03:10 PM   #2
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most boring road trip in the history of the world.

I would rather watch wine age...in barrels....at night.
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Old 09-13-2011, 03:20 PM   #3
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most boring road trip in the history of the world.

I would rather watch wine age...in barrels....at night.
Yep... as impressed as I am with the raw numbers (I remember seeing incredibly high hypermiling numbers on the Fit forum I used to frequent), I just could not drive a car that way all the time like some folks. I tried it for a couple tanks when gas was crazy in '08, achieving 42mpg (I average 30mpg normally, mostly city), but it was pretty tedious, boring stuff. To each their own.
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Old 09-14-2011, 07:51 PM   #4
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Meh, I view it as a video game during my commute. Unless I'm in a bloody hurry, I try to maximize my "score" every day, and beat my all time high, etc. Makes an otherwise boring, hour-long drive more interesting and challenging, and saves me money.

Also, on a road trip, isn't the point to see the world go by around you and enjoy watching the scenery change? Driving smoothly and sedately allows for that. If you want to drive like a hoon, go to the track. Maybe I'm in the minority on a driver's car enthusiast forum, but I completely understand the appeal of efficient, quiet, long-range cars like this one and my Golf TDI. Driving doesn't have to be fast to be fun, and there are other car-handling techniques to learn besides left-foot braking and Scandinavian flicks. Just my $0.02.
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What techniques were they using, specifically? Was 'pissing off other drivers' factored in? How about reduced MPG for the traffic trying to get around them?
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Old 09-14-2011, 08:29 PM   #6
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Driving smoothly and sedately allows for that.
I bet they averaged 30 or 35 mph and used pulse and glide liberally. Smooth and sedate is one thing. What I imagine they did to achieve that figure is another.
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Old 09-14-2011, 08:40 PM   #7
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It's easy to get over the epa rating. I bang along in my Prius at 70-90 when I can, but when I hit traffic, I keep it in electric as much as possible. Just depends on traffic. My average speed over 550 miles a week is only 36mph. DC sucks. When the road opens up, I'm in the left lane passing and for those that live around here, we know how fast traffic can go when traffic opens up.
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I just bought a Forte Koup 2.0. its rated at 35 mpg hwy and I just got 42 mpg on a 600 mile trip 99% hwy and this thing doesn't even have DI.
susprisingly I get a ton of looks on this car
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Wayne tested a Jetta Sportswagen TDI out, and claimed he "easily achieved over 1,000 miles on one tank of gas during a family road trip."
That's insane...and must have been one long ass road trip.
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Old 09-15-2011, 12:21 PM   #10
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I bet they averaged 30 or 35 mph and used pulse and glide liberally. Smooth and sedate is one thing. What I imagine they did to achieve that figure is another.
Yes I wonder how much they went below the posted speed limit.
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Old 09-15-2011, 12:56 PM   #11
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I bet they averaged 30 or 35 mph and used pulse and glide liberally. Smooth and sedate is one thing. What I imagine they did to achieve that figure is another.

Yeah, I think getting this kind of mileage on public roads is anything but "relaxing" for the driver. It probably takes far more frequent throttle modulation than just driving at 80MPH on an interstate.
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15 days, 7,900 miles. Even if they drove 24hrs a day it would be 22mph.

If we assume they slept 8hrs and drove for every other second of the day, that would average them 33mph. for 16hrs a day.
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Hello!

My name is Derek and I'm currently working with Kia to spread awareness of their sleek, stylish, and eco-friendly 2011 Optima Hybrid.

The 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid utilizes top-tier hybrid technology. They have a fantastic infographic describing how this hybrid is more efficient than non-hybrids here - http://bit.ly/SBinfographic

For just more info on the new Kia Optima Hybrid, check out Kia's video overview - http://bit.ly/SBMTvideos

If anyone has any questions regarding the Kia and their new Optima Hybrid, please do not hesitate to touch base! Thanks!

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I bet they averaged 30 or 35 mph and used pulse and glide liberally. Smooth and sedate is one thing. What I imagine they did to achieve that figure is another.
There's a difference between hypermiling and driving like some slow poke blocking traffic and violating speed minimums. On the interstate the minimum is 45 unless otherwise posted. They probably stuck to smaller highways more than anything.

Hypermiling philosophy shuns obstructing traffic, tailgating, or otherwise being a nuisance. It requires paying attention to traffic and road conditions otherwise they'll be a nuisance or worse cause accidents. Wayne Gerdes is an inspiration, do you really think he is going to violate traffic laws to earn points? He's under scrutiny for his driving, he'd better be on his best behavior.

And driving slow when road and traffic conditions allow is not an automatic obstruction of traffic.

Go slow Wayne!
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