CleanMPG Fuel Economy Challenge VII - Fall 2009

Discussion in 'The Daily Grind' started by PaleMelanesian, Sep 25, 2009.

  1. some_other_dave

    some_other_dave Well-Known Member

    I filled today. The verdict: The warmer temps since the heavy rainfall more than made up for it. Got right around 45 MPG, which pushes the average up over 171%. Sorry, Seraph--you're gonna have to work a lot harder to catch me! ;)

  2. MT bucket

    MT bucket I want my MPG!

    I got some hypermiling in today. temp in the mid 40s with light rain on and off.
    I couldn't get the temp above 120 degrees, even with my grille fully blocked, too much ice off coasting I guess.:rolleyes:

    Minneapolis, to Minneapolis, 5 miles 38 mpg
    Minneapolis to Maple grove, 29 miles 48 mpg
    Maple grove to Montecello, 30 miles 48 mpg
    Montecello to Minneapolis, 56 miles 51 mpg

    total 120mi 49 mpg

    Hopefully my mpguino is still under reporting some, or i am toast! :rolleyes:
  3. Seraph

    Seraph Well-Known Member

    Blast! =( oh well ill see how well i can do on this tank, hopefully i can avoid the peak hour traffic over the next 2 weeks, most of my exams start in peak hour time zzz. Though my plan is to just sleep/wake up earlier so i can relax before my exams instead of getting nervous/stressed.
  4. Die2self

    Die2self Saving more by using less!

    and the first tank is crap:(

    to much rain and wet road with a FSP to start with. Oh how I miss the 24 MPG days, oh wait that was only 2 months ago :mad:

    462.6 miles
    20.542 gals (still said I had 1.6 gals left but I started to detect some hesitation) Needle on the guage was completely below the read line so I know how far I can go safely. I have not gone to gas starve yet.

    pitiful 22.52 MPG But hay the last fill up was 09/30. Almost a full month on a 22 gal tank. I know very wasteful.:(
  5. Mr. Pancake

    Mr. Pancake Well-Known Member

    Not as bad as it could be, your low number of miles helps. I did some quick math and it looks like that in 27 days I would burn through about 20 to 21 gallons of gas. The other side of that is I would travel approximately 1,247 miles. If you had a vehicle that averaged low 40 mpgs you could fill up every other month.
  6. diamondlarry

    diamondlarry Super MPG Man/god :D

    This got me curious so I had to go back and look what I used. I burned through just a smidge over 12 gallons last month.
  7. fanamingo

    fanamingo Well-Known Member

    I haven't been on the forums lately due to computer issues. Now that that's resolved, I can regretfully report that I have stolen dead last place with just shy of 130% of EPA. In terms of raw mpg numbers, I'm only beating the pickup trucks. :D
  8. Ophbalance

    Ophbalance Administrator Staff Member

    Heh... yay, I finally get some competition ;).
  9. some_other_dave

    some_other_dave Well-Known Member

    Good news and bad news about this tank:

    The good (for me)--
    I had to go some distance on the freeway the other day, and managed to tuck in behind a commercial-truck-sized landscaping truck that was doing 45 MPH for more than a few miles. I'm sure I got a distant draft off of him, and I know that it was easier for people to see why I was going slowly when there was a very large truck immediately in front of me. :)

    The bad news (for me)--
    Cold mornings are putting a hurt on the tank in general. Having a fogged-up windshield is causing problems in particular; I could not FAS for the first several minutes my commute this morning because the windshield was fogging up too quickly.

    I am hoping to still pull off a good tank... We'll see!

  10. diamondlarry

    diamondlarry Super MPG Man/god :D

    I filled up today. I'm going to take a trip Sunday night that's on the highway and will be ~75 miles each way. For this tank, I had 756.0 miles and used 9.101 gallons for 83.1 mpg. So starts the downward winter FE slide. In about a month, I'm going to be putting snow tires on since the Ecopia's are not even rated as an all-season tire. I'm guessing this will further accelerate the decline in numbers but, if all goes well, I may be installing an 8KWh Enginer kit in December or January which should greatly slow the decline. ;)
  11. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Not bad, Larry, but the weather is showing its teeth. I would rather have passed you than to have you slip down past me.
  12. diamondlarry

    diamondlarry Super MPG Man/god :D

    I'll more than likely slip to well under the 220% level after Sunday's highway trip. With the weather report and the route, I'll do well to stay above 60 mpg.:(
  13. some_other_dave

    some_other_dave Well-Known Member

    You know what they say about consistency being the hobgoblin of small minds?

    I've got a really big hobgoblin on my back...

    45.4 MPG, which is right on my average for the Challenge so far. All three tanks within a tenth or two of an MPG. Interesting how the earlier freeway tripe seems to have almost exactly canceled out the heavy rain for the first few days of the tank.

  14. MT bucket

    MT bucket I want my MPG!

    I had to do some driving today and filled up.

    Minneapolis to Arden hills 41.63 mpg
    Arden Hills to Minneapolis 50 mpg
    Minneapolis to Burnsville 49 mpg
    Burnsville to owatonna 59 mpg
    Owatonna to Minneapolis 56 mpg
    total for the day 162 miles at 54 mpg

    Filled up afterwards, I knew the Mpguino was still under reporting , but it was far more than I thought! I need to adjust it upwards a bit more.
    but i will take it! :)

    412.6 miles on 6.98 gallons for 59.11 mpg
  15. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    That's a nice opening play right there! Good work.
  16. WoodyWoodchuck

    WoodyWoodchuck Sophomore Hypermiler

    Back from vacation and entered my last tank. I still have to fill up from the tank I ran before leaving. Should still be pretty good, SG says 52.something and it has been consistently reporting 2 mpg low. But, the first Yaris drive after driving the beast for two weeks surf fishing didn’t go quite as well as I would have liked. I went to a Cajun party at friends 15 miles down the road, I can usually get mid 60’s mpg to there, lots of down hills, and squeak out 50 mpg back. Well, I pulled 49.9 mpg there and mid 40’s back home. First TO work commute I struggled to get 48.8 mpg and can not remember the last time I didn’t break 50 mpg. It’s going to take me a few days to get back into driving the Yaris versus lumbering along in UNIT 1 loaded with junk.

    At least I’m still leading the Yaris division…. For now.
  17. WoodyWoodchuck

    WoodyWoodchuck Sophomore Hypermiler

    52.9 for the last tank and this one is looking grim by the start of it. We have a few days of thunderstorms coming so that will take a further toll!!! Guess I'll have to settle for basking in Yaris domination for another week before a possible beating.
  18. aburk4

    aburk4 Well-Known Member

    I've struggled these last 3 tanks. I am losing my touch or something. I don't know what the deal is but I've got to get my stuff together if I want to be competitive in Division C.
  19. Mr. Pancake

    Mr. Pancake Well-Known Member

    Its the colder weather and, unfortunately, it'll get worse. A grill block will help out some, but it won't be the same as summer driving. This might give you some idea of what you have to look forward to: similar car, similar weather.
  20. Mr. Pancake

    Mr. Pancake Well-Known Member

    Taliesin, you've got me by .61%.

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