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Posted by mark b on June 1, 2007, 9:23 pm
 


This spring I made a discovery that increased by gas mileage from 46
mpg to about 53 mpg.  Quite simple.  When you accelerate keep your eye
on the instantaneous mileage bar.  Accelerate slowly enough to keep it
at 99 mpg up to about 18 -20 mph.  Hard to do past that speed.  Then
you will be accelerating only on the electric motor.  Also when coming
down an incline at any speed, momentally take your foot off the
accelerator till the bar goes to 99 mpg.  Then reapply gas gradually
trying to keep it at 99.  I think that the gas motor stops when it is
at 99 mpg.

I have noted that by doing this the battery charge levels remain
lower, which means to me that they are being used more of the time.  I
am amazed how effective this is.  You travel a little slower, but at
significantly higher gas mileage.

MarkB


Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on June 2, 2007, 12:39 am
 




Why don't you reword that:  "You piss off everyone around you by playing
games in traffic, but fuck 'em.  Do what YOU want.  It's YOUR life."


Posted by stratus46 on June 2, 2007, 4:25 am
 

 >
 > > I have noted that by doing this the battery charge levels remain
 > > lower, which means to me that they are being used more of the
time.  I
 > > am amazed how effective this is.  You travel a little slower, but
at
 > > significantly higher gas mileage.
 >
 > Why don't you reword that:  "You piss off everyone around you by
playing
 > games in traffic, but fuck 'em.  Do what YOU want.  It's YOUR
life."

Nice to see you're as pleasant here as in "alt.tv.tech.hdtv".

I also have a Prius and found that modest acceleration is by far the
biggest influence on MPG. I find that 2-3 MPH/second accel rate (10-15
seconds to get to 30) will piss nobody off and still do well on MPG.
My Prius had 12855 miles as of the last fill up and has taken 248.127
gallons of gas total. The last 5 tanks have all been 500+ miles, 7
500+ mile tanks  total.

The other 'trick' is to _not_ race to the next light as in 'don't give
up your forward momentum' if you can avoid it. There is one yokel in a
Tahoe who passes me several times every Friday, changing lanes and
racing to the next light while I plod along 3-5MPH over the limit and
keep passing this silly person. I count 'passing' as in more than 1
block ahead or behind me.

Remnember, you can recover some of the kinetic energy with the braking
system but for any given velocity, the energy is a constant
_regardless_ of how much was used to reach that speed.

Overall, the Prius has reduced the gas usage 13 gallons/week for the 2
cars while not traveling any fewer miles.

I call the Prius a "sit-in arcade game".

GG


Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on June 2, 2007, 11:45 am
 

 stratus46@yahoo.com wrote:


Well, how about not playing the fucking dashboard video game, and
instead DRIVING.  As in, paying attention to the world around you, and
being part of it.

It's those of you who play the dashboard video game that give Prius
owners a bad name.


Posted by mark b on June 4, 2007, 1:46 pm
 


Gee Elmo, do ou piss people off on the road as much as on the web?  I
don't seem to have had that problem with my driving techniques.  If I
did, I would alter them. . .  as you should.


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