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Published on June 7th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan


Volkswagen Passat Sets New World Record for Longest Distance Traveled on a Single Tank of Fuel

This is a pretty sweet accomplishment achieved by a super-fuel-efficient-enthusiastic couple from Virginia: 1,626.1 miles on a single tank of fuel! And all in a 2012 Volkswagen Passat SE TDI. Here’s more from our friends on sister site Gas2:

Volkswagen Passat Sets New World Record (via Gas 2.0)

John and Helen Taylor – also known as “the world’s most fuel efficient couple” have set a new world record for the longest distance traveled on a single tank of fuel. The new record to beat is 1,626.1 miles. The Taylor’s used a stock 2012 Volkswagen Passat SE TDI powered by a 2.0-liter TDI…

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  • Yup

    My old Passat was pretty good. I could get just sub 70mpg without really trying. Alas the injectors failed catastrophically, and needed to be replaced. Hence I still reallllly want an EV, because I’m kind of sick of huge bills for mechanics.

    • Zachary Shahan

      nice. but yeah, i think that is a big benefit of EVs that doesn’t get much airtime

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  • Edward Kerr

    I saw your post on the Ev’s and for short travel they are great, but I still like diesel for long distance driving. VW has a diesel-electric hybrid in the pipeline to be dubbed the “cross coupe’ that is rated, as I recall, around 150 MPG (but I think that that may be an imperial gal so take 20% off of that number if that’s the case) With fuel from algae and mileage numbers like that we could be on our way to a brighter day.

    • Zachary Shahan

      i hear great things about diesel, and trust your judgement. don’t know enough about the details of diesel at this point to do more than trust the experts i know :D (e.g. the diesel lovers over on Gas2)

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