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Published on August 3rd, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan


Hypermilers/Ecodrivers, 1-Million-Mile Driver, & More (VIDEOS)

One of our readers was recently featured in a series of videos on “hypermilers” — folks who take energy-efficient driving to a level most of us never dreamed of.

Our reader, Neil Blanchard, is featured in this first video. His vehicle is decked out with all sorts of improvements to increase its mileage per gallon. In total, he gets about 50 mpg, 20 more than his vehicle’s EPA rating of 30 mpg. The video also features a man who has driven his car for over 1,000,000 miles.

This next video features a guy who runs his BMW on propane, a Nissan Leaf driver (Neil’s sister), an efficient EV Neil is working on, and the Fisker Karma:

In this one, Hobbit, Neil, and Chang show us more hypermiling:

And in this last video, solar-powered cars get their time in the sun:

Interesting videos. What do you think?

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is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy for the past four years or so. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the Network Manager for their parent organization – Important Media – and he's the Owner/Founder of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to and click on the relevant buttons.

  • Anne


    Could you ask your web designers to tweak the CSS so video’s are shown completely? In my browser (FF on Ubuntu) they are cut off on the right side. Thanks.

    • Zachary Shahan

      odd, thought i fixed that issue. let me know if it persists in new pieces.

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  • Neil Blanchard

    Zachary, it is my sister-in-law who drives the Leaf.  ;-)  And my brother (her husband) now drives a Mitsubishi i MiEV — so they are a dual EV family, which is really cool!

    I’ll be happy to discuss any and all parts of ecodriving.


    • Zachary Shahan

      that is totally awesome! would love to sit down & chat with you all. :D if you ever have post ideas (from yourself or one of us), please let me know!

  • RSDenton

    Run your car on propane have a good engine. Valve seat recession is a common problem.

    That said I have on C-Class that has done 150k miles on gas.

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