Honda Insight 1600+mi commuting tank attempt

Discussion in 'The Daily Grind' started by Right Lane Cruiser, Jul 28, 2008.

  1. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Well, it took me some loops to overcome the 18mph headwind disadvantage on the way home, but I got back to my goal. I'm getting pretty far into the tank!!

    Day 28 Average:Day 28 Tank:
  2. atlaw4u

    atlaw4u Well-Known Member

    I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you Sean but you've already accomplished an amazing task for a daily driver.
  3. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Thanks, Reid!! This cold weather is really hurting but I'll do what I can. :eek:
  4. groar

    groar X-Frenchy: very


    I think you have found the Escher's infinite staircase and chose the good direction ;)


    Have fun,

  5. bestmapman

    bestmapman Fighting untruth and misinformation


    You started this attempt on 7-28. So if you finish at the end of this month. That will be three months. If you continued it for a year, you would only have to buy gas 4 times a year. That is astonishing.

    All you commuting on 4 tanks of gas.

    I think you will make the news with that story.
  6. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    You've passed your own distance record!
  7. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Denis, that would be majorly cool! :D

    Jud, only if I ignore the 797mi I've put on the Elantra in the same time period. :eek:

    Andrew, thanks for noticing! :) My wife has already suggested I should just give up and "drive normal" as a proper response to the weather challenges I'm encountering now. :p She never misses an opportunity, that one!

    This will be my last commute day in Blue Swayed for a bit -- I work from home tomorrow so I can attend the 38wk baby appointment and then I'll be in the Elantra ready for the "take me to the hospital NOW!!!" call until Baby Cruiser makes her appearance. I guess it is just as well because the forecast for next week seems to be almost nothing but rain, but I'm not looking forward to the temps I expect at the end of the month. :eek:
  8. Skwyre7

    Skwyre7 Well-Known Member

    For your safety, don't mention that contractions are similar to P&G. :D
  9. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    I'll be sure to refrain, Michael. :)

    I got one heck of a break today! I still had a wind to fight but it wasn't a direct headwind... and the temp was way warmer! I thought sure I wouldn't be able to hit the target after only managing 105.9mpg this morning but after a few loops...

    Day 29 Average:Day 29 Tank:

    My lifetime average is up a bit too -- look out Wayne! ;)

    Day 29 Lifetime:
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2008
  10. diamondlarry

    diamondlarry Super MPG Man/god :D

    Sean, you know you're turning this into a real nail-biter right?:D Keep up the good work! Oh, and remember, whatever you do end up managing on "the trip" will be a PR.:p
  11. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Yup! I do tell people that I can drive fast (and I'm pretty good at it) -- I just don't like to.

    Usually. ;)
  12. fanamingo

    fanamingo Well-Known Member

    Are you inflating the average by artificially extending your commute? :confused:
  13. Ophbalance

    Ophbalance Administrator Staff Member

    If you leave it sit for two weeks, won't you need to do something like 15 miles of forced charge on the battery?
  14. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    I'm... ah... expanding my knowledge of the neighborhood and its residents. Yeah... that's it!

    I suppose I am a tad -- though the point of this really is that I'm driving normal, busy roads instead of an isolated, out of the way "test track" type area where I could loop at less than 20mph all day long. The extension has only ever amounted to a max of about 11% -- no more than I would normally accrue doing an errand or going out to lunch.

    That's certainly what my previous experience with this was!! That was by far the longest recal event I've ever experienced but I'm told they come in a variety of lengths. I'm looking over the maps to see if there is a reasonably short route around here that would allow me to get the car warmed up and do a little regen without hurting the tank average too much -- that way I can take a quick spin once or twice during that time period and hopefully avoid the recal.
  15. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Well, that was a bit less than I was hoping for. I guess that's what I get for letting the car sit for a full month without driving it.

    I've been driving the Elantra in anticipation of the hospital run for the birth of my daughter. I took a week off and I'm working from home this week. Figuring I should take advantage of the unseasonably warm weather to get the expected recal out of the way today I grabbed my keys and walked into the garage.

    The stone cold engine triggered an attempt to start from the 12V... which was depleted enough to prevent ignition. I tried bump starting but no luck. After accumulating 0.6mi rolling the car around doing that I jumped it, then headed out. Because the 12V was low, I basically had the effect of disconnecting the battery and had to start a recal from dead empty.

    Ouch. :p

    One perk was seeing a 20 bar SoC for the first time in about 3 months -- nice!

    I only managed 98.2mpg over 23.2mi to the work lot, then I turned it around and headed home.

    I crested one of the hills a little too slow, though (6mph). A friendly conversation with a peace officer resulted because she though I was actually at a full stop on the road. :eek: "Do you not have any power in this car?" :p

    The rest of the trip home went without incident and I at least managed to pull the trip average up to the low teens above 100mpg with a 136.0mpg segment.

    At any rate, the tank isn't destroyed but I hate seeing it drop any at all...

    Day 30 Average:Day 30 Tank:

    I'm not looking forward to the effects of colder weather, but at least I got the recal out of the way.
  16. fanamingo

    fanamingo Well-Known Member

    That just put a few things in perspective for me. I've wondered why I'm so far below the experts in terms of % over EPA. Part of it seems to be that I'm just not taking the techniques far enough. The only time I go that slowly is on my way to a full stop or coasting into my driveway.

    How far do you estimate you can go after the last fuel gauge bar disappears? Awesome job so far, and good luck with the finish!
  17. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Thanks for the kind words!

    Elite level hypermiling is all about knowing how far you can go in a given set of circumstances. There is a minimum speed at which you can coast over the top of a hill and that will usually be the most efficient way over it (as long as there isn't another hill on the other side!), but it isn't always feasible to do this. There wasn't anyone behind me and I had a good view of 1/4mi to the rear -- plenty of warning time.

    Historically I've driven about another 90mi after the last bar disappears (so roughly 2 more bars worth). With the colder weather, I'm not confident I can attain the goal but it won't stop me trying. ;)
  18. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Man, the end of this tank isn't going to be pretty. :(

    I really want to finish the tank this week so figured I'd drive my work commute before Church. It also helps to get used to cold weather driving again without too much traffic on the road. It was UGLY. :p

    I do have to say though that I really like the full grill block. Operating temps were right in the upper 190's for coolant and upper 60's for the air intake (no WAI installed). With the engine off and the car at a stop both would creep up a bit and then start dropping again. It wasn't enough to counteract the higher rolling resistance and wind (14-18mph cross/headwind), however. The ambient temp was only 25F.

    On a more positive note, it is much easier to keep the SoC up in cold weather. Check out the full 20. ;)

    Day 31 Average:Day 31 Tank:
  19. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Sean:

    ___You are not even on low fuel yet and IIRC, there was ~ 1.5 to 1.75 gallons left when you hit that!

    ___Good Luck

  20. MT bucket

    MT bucket I want my MPG!

    Sean, Cant you drive lantrific on the cold days (today is the coldest so far) like you were doing for rain days this summer?

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