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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, cycling between accelerating and coasting in neutral, and even turning the engine off when its power is not needed.[6] 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. [7] Some try to get a new record with one charging of battery. 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 took around 30 hours. The tester used the autopilot of Tesla Model 3, running the car unmanned. The test car did not drive on a public road.[8]

See also[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. ^ CNET (2014-11-11), How To: Hypermile and get great gas mileage, retrieved 2018-11-12
  7. ^ What's Electric Vehicle Hypermiling?
  8. ^ Tesla Model 3 unmanned on Autopilot travels 1,000 km on a single charge in new hypermiling record