CleanMPG Fuel Economy Challenge VII - Fall 2009

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

  1. diamondlarry

    diamondlarry Super MPG Man/god :D

    I've seen these before. I may have to get one when I get back to work and I may not be able to park under a tree or roof.
     
  2. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    When I do need it, I just drag out the full car cover. It's a hassle, but it works. That, along with a good sub-zero washer fluid, and I'm good to go. (rain-x orange "works down to zero degrees" fluid works for me here in Texas)
     
  3. WoodyWoodchuck

    WoodyWoodchuck Sophomore Hypermiler

    I have the rain-X orange also but I still had to warm the windshield. I like the idea of the cover. Soon as I save a few bucks I'll try it out and post a review.
     
  4. Mr. Pancake

    Mr. Pancake Well-Known Member

    Sean, do you use one of these and/or have experience with this product?
     
  5. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    I have not used one but I did use a thick towel once and had good results.

    I'm thinking of getting one for when I park outside at work.
     
  6. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Those inside the windshield sun shade reflector things - DO NOT USE for frost prevention. You get 2-3 times as much frost with one in place. I tried putting it up on one side only - frost there, the other side was clear.
     
  7. some_other_dave

    some_other_dave Well-Known Member

    Unfortunately, my car lives out on the street. I don't have access to an electrical socket, and even if I did I do not trust the local teenagers not to mess with the cord. (I'm a tiny bit bitter over losing a fire extinguisher and a stereo face plate a while back.)

    -soD
     
  8. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Hmmm.... solar panel?
     
  9. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    This round is over at the end of this month.

    I'll go ahead and add you, since you have your back-dated records in order.
     
  10. cpeter38

    cpeter38 Right Lane Dweller

    The only good thing I have to report is the length of time from my last fill up. I'm doing well with a week of vacation over Thanksgiving, driving the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Focus for the 2nd week (this week) and 2 weeks of work for the remainder of the year. We don't want to talk about my sub 50 mpg tank in progress. However, I am pretty sure it will be the last of the year ...
     
  11. some_other_dave

    some_other_dave Well-Known Member

    I've been thinking about the solar panel idea... I need to wire it into a constant power circuit, though, as my cigarette lighter is only on when the key is on.

    BTW, I just entered my previous tank. As I thought, significantly worse, 10% worse MPG than the other tanks in this challenge.

    -soD
     
  12. WoodyWoodchuck

    WoodyWoodchuck Sophomore Hypermiler

    Huge drop this tank due to weather, rain and a bout of gout. First tank in the last 18 that I went under 50 mpg. I was hoping to make a year of over 50 mpg but that’ll have to be tried again starting next spring.

    With cold weather and rain in the forecast I’ll have to be happy trying to keep the tank average above 50!
     
  13. diamondlarry

    diamondlarry Super MPG Man/god :D

    My numbers are going to be taking a significant dive from now until spring. I got some Bridgestone Blizzacks put on Friday and I can see a measurable loss in coasting distance. And, as a double whammy, we have our first measurable accumulation of snow today.:(
     
  14. cpeter38

    cpeter38 Right Lane Dweller

    Welcome to the world of SHRR tires :mad::eek::mad::eek::(:mad:

    I knew mine were bad (there is no way you could listen to them howl and not know that they are wasting energy) when I first heard them. Unfortunately, the tire salesperson had sold these awful tires to my poor wife who did not know better (we had a blowout on my way to the airport - before my hypermiling days). I cannot justify the environmental waste of throwing them away, but I get tempted every commute!!

    Back to business. Somehow, I managed to squeak out a tiny improvement in FE. I am barely back in the 50 mpg range (50.227 = 239.4% EPA). Much worse than the summer's driving, but I am learning how to P&G w/the engine on (electrical drain due to lights) when I am driving home. I cannot wait to drive home in daylight!!

    Anyone know how CobraPond is doing?

    Bottom line for me is that the numbers below are probably my final contest numbers. I only have 9 work days left this year and there is little chance of me adding another tank. Also, since I started hypermiling, my extraneous trips have withered to near zero. I have to say that when I look at the way I use to drive, it is remarkable to have only filled the tank 4 times in 3 months!!!

    Projected FE VII Final Results
    51.233 mpg 53.885 gal 2760.7 miles 243.97 %EPA
     
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2009
  15. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    I'm hearing that MC Hammer song in my head... "can't touch this".
     
  16. diamondlarry

    diamondlarry Super MPG Man/god :D

    Craig, I just heard last night that CobraPond was getting low on gas. For him, that could mean any day now for a fill or it could be next week. He just doesn't drive a whole lot. I'll find out for sure later today.
     
  17. I also need to add the partial E10 Handicap
     
  18. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Done. I changed the EPA ratings on your vehicle, too, to reflect the 3% reduction.
     
  19. cpeter38

    cpeter38 Right Lane Dweller

    I think I have a lock on second place (maybe first place if my hydrophobic [or is it hydrophilic?] anti-venom is still potent :p). However, the next competition is going to be rough. I'm struggling to hit the 230-240 % EPA range because of the short winter days we have up in the frozen northern tundra. I'm really not looking forward to short days AND cold weather ...
     
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2009

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