When will academics start to study hypermiling?

Hypermiling, which has been gaining popularity over the past year, is a method of increasing a car’s gas mileage by changing the way you drive. Poking around hypermiling web sites, you’ll find that claims of 50-60-70 miles per gallon are common. Some of the changes include gentle accelerations, driving the speed limit, less aggressive braking, and trying to avoid coming to a complete stop while in traffic. Committed hypermilers swear that a prominently displayed miles per gallon meter changes driving behavior (we can only assume that academic experiments and working papers on hypermiling are forthcoming). For those without a mpg display in their car, a mental game of “driving without brakes” – in which you try to drive the optimal speed that allows you to avoid using your brakes – is a good substitute.

P.S. We are awaiting the first city employment contract for bus drivers that includes wage bonuses for hitting fuel efficiency targets.

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One Response to “When will academics start to study hypermiling?”

  1. Travis Walker Says:

    Here is a related story by Julie Schmit from USA Today titled ” No left turn: Companies try to save fuel as prices rise.” Here is an exerpt:

    “Along with altering shipping routes, companies have slowed trucks to boost gas mileage, stepped up tire-pressure checks for the same reason, combined deliveries and deployed technology to improve routes — to the point of avoiding left turns because waiting for lights or for traffic to pass can consume more fuel than driving alternate routes.” It continues, “Moffett will wait four to five days longer to get them, but he’ll save $1,500 per container on transportation costs, or about $100,000 a quarter. That’s hardly chump change for a company whose latest quarterly profit was $4.7 million. ”

    http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/energy/2008-04-30-fuel-costs-companies_N.htm

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