Hypermiling

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Hypermiling is driving a vehicle with techniques that minimize fuel consumption. Those who use these techniques are called "hypermilers".[1]

Increasing popularity[edit]

Hypermiling can be practiced in any vehicle regardless of fuel consumption. It gained popularity due to the rise in gasoline prices in the 2000s[2]. Some hypermiling techniques are illegal in some countries because they are dangerous[3].

In 2008, the New Oxford American Dictionary voted Hypermiling the best new word of the year[4].

Safety and Awareness Program[edit]

Hypermiling has come under fire from several sides because some hypermilers show dangerous or illegal behaviour[5], such as tailgating larger vehicles on motorways to save fuel. For this reason, the Hypermiling Safety Foundation was established in August 2008 to promote a safety and education program that promotes legal fuel-saving techniques.

Hypermiling with electric cars[edit]

The range of electric cars is limited. To get maximum out of the battery, drivers sometimes use hypermiling. [6] Some try to get a new record with one charging of battery. So for example a Tesla Model 3 ran more than 1000 km with one battery charge. The average speed was 38 km/h and the whole drive needed around 30 hours. The tester used the autopilot of Tesla Model 3, so that the car ran unmanned. The test car did not drive on a public road.[7]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "EERE News: Progressive Automotive X Prize Expanded to Include Major Automakers". Apps1.eere.energy.gov. Retrieved 2011-05-28. 
  2. ^ Booth, Michael (2010-09-14). "Hypermilers stretch their gas mileage". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2011-05-28. 
  3. ^ "'Hypermiling' tricks sometimes unlawful". Tulsa World. Retrieved 2011-05-28. 
  4. ^ Moscrip, Lara (2008-11-11). "Word of the year: 'Hypermiling'". Money.cnn.com. Retrieved 2011-05-28. 
  5. ^ "Motorists risking their lives to save on petrol". Smh.com.au. 2008-08-23. Retrieved 2011-05-28. 
  6. ^ What's Electric Vehicle Hypermiling?
  7. ^ Tesla Model 3 unmanned on Autopilot travels 1,000 km on a single charge in new hypermiling record