Ford Fusion makes 1000 miles on 2/3 of tank. Ford pushing on…

April 29, 2009


Fusion Hybrid Challenge Celebration

  • The Ford Fusion Hybrid team has achieved more than 1,000 miles – over 47 continuous hours – on a single tank of gas, raising funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • Passing the 1,000 mile mark at 9:08 a.m. this morning, the team will continue as their unmodified, regular production Fusion Hybrid has nearly one-third of a tank of fuel remaining
  • The most fuel-efficient, mid-sized sedan in America – the Fusion Hybrid – driven by a team of Ford hybrid engineers, a fuel efficiency expert and a NASCAR star, achieved more than 80 miles per gallon using Eco-Driving techniques

April 27, 2009 – At 9:08 a.m. this morning, the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid
team hit the 1,000-mile mark on a single tank of gas, and is continuing
its ultimate fuel-efficiency challenge with nearly one-third of a tank
of fuel remaining.

The 1,000-mile mark was achieved with the Fusion Hybrid 1,000-Mile
Challenge team leader and NASCAR driver, Carl Edwards, behind the
wheel. Other team members include world-record breaking hypermiler
Wayne Gerdes and several Ford hybrid engineers.

The 1,000-Mile Challenge started at 8:15 a.m. on Saturday, April 25, from
Mount Vernon, Va., and is expected to end on Tuesday, April 28 in
Washington, D.C.

A regular production version of the Fusion Hybrid – the most fuel
efficient mid-sized sedan in America – delivered over 80 miles per
gallon over the course of 47 hours of continuous driving. The team will
continue to drive until the fuel tank is depleted.

The vehicle is being put to the test to demonstrate Ford’s commitment to be
the best, or amongst the best, in fuel economy in every vehicle segment
in which it competes and to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes
Research Foundation in the process.

As part of the event, the team is conducting clinics for media and
customers in the Fusion Hybrid, providing interviews and vehicle
demonstrations on how simple techniques can make a significant
difference to real world fuel economy numbers. The team also is
uploading regular images and video of the challenge to
YouTube, Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, and http://www.media.ford.com.

Mileage-maximizing techniques that the Ford team used and recommend to consumers include:

  • Slowing down and maintaining even throttle pressure;
  • Gradually accelerating and smoothly braking;
  • Maintaining a safe distance between vehicles and anticipating traffic conditions;
  • Coasting up to red lights and stop signs to avoid fuel waste and brake wear;
  • Minimize use of heater and air conditioning to reduce the load on the engine;
  • Close windows at high speeds to reduce aerodynamic drag;
  • Applying the “Pulse and Glide” technique while maintaining the flow of traffic;
  • Minimize
    excessive engine workload by using the vehicle’s kinetic forward motion
    to climb hills, and use downhill momentum to build speed; and
  • Avoiding bumps and potholes that can reduce momentum

Click here for more Eco-Driving tips.


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