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1000 km by Blackfly: a 52.5 mpg (US) journey
Posted Thursday, February 9/06 in General
In late January, I made a trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, and put roughly 1000 kilometers / 600 miles on the Blackfly. The driving was clear and windy.
This was the first long hwy trip I've done since adding or modifying a number of items on the car, and since learning about the pulse & glide driving technique.
For a mid-winter trip (though admittedly a mild one), my mileage was really encouraging.
Full MPG details after the jump - plus: how a good tailwind helped me along to an astonishing 73 mpg (US) on one leg of the journey.
This is the first long hwy trip I've done since adding or modifying these items:
Compare these results to the car's EPA hwy rating of 49 mpg US.
The mileage seen on this trip is significant for a couple of reasons:
10 kilometers of glory: 73 mpg US
This was a windy drive. The first leg started off going west along the north shore of Lake Ontario into a strong s/w wind (gusting 25-40 km/h). Driving at 95 km/h (59 mph) the ScanGauge was showing high 40's (US mpg).
The path to Niagara-on-the-Lake took me around the western tip of Lake Ontario, and as the direction of the highway slowly arced through the eye of the wind and continued turning east and away from it, the mileage dropped, and then started climbing again.
Now on the south shore of the lake, I exited the freeway and joined a secondary highway for the last section of the drive: about 10 km / 6 mi of dead level road (80 km/h / 50 mph limit) with a handful of traffic lights scattered along the way.
With the wind now squarely at my back, I hit "reset" on the ScanGauge's average fuel economy function and watched as it bounced around briefly and then began to settle down somewhere in the high 60's mpg (US).
In addition to the benefit gained from the tailwind, I was able to get in a few long glides around a couple of the stop lights, boosting my mileage even further.
By the time I reached my destination, the ScanGauge was resting steady around 73 mpg US (3.2 L/100 km / 87.7 mpg Imp). Amazing.
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