Published on January 24th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan


Hypermiling — Doin’ It Yet?

January 24th, 2013 by  

We’ve featured hypermiling and hypermilers once or twice over the years (well, actually, just once as far as I can tell). Upon reflection, I think we should really give this topic a bit more attention. Luckily, sister site sustainablog just had a story on hypermiling, and we can re-start our hypermiling coverage with a repost of that piece. Here it is:

Hypermiling: the (Not So) Crazy Things Some Will Do for Better Gas Mileage (via sustainablog)

Hypermiling is a relatively recent term––one that has only been around since the early 2000s––focused on finding ways to squeeze the maximum fuel efficiency out of vehicles, provoked by rising fuel costs and environmental concerns. It combines methods first developed during WWII petrol rationing…

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  • Hi, I’m Chris. I’m building my dream project over on Indiegogo called GreenRider, an OBD-II app focused on fuel conservation savings. I would like to reach out to the hypermiler community with the idea and figured – even if this thread is a year old – someone here might be able to point me in the right direction. Thoughts?

    Campaign link:

  • I’ve been Hypermiling for years now and it’s saved me a bloomin’ fortune. You’ve put some great tips together however it only covers the basics. There are some more advanced techniques etc.. on this site however its more aimed at UK drivers

  • MaxUtil

    My favorite and most effective hypermiling technique is riding my bike.

  • Otis11

    This actually works even in larger vehicles. I have to try a truck for various reasons, but using common sense and patience to implement tricks like these I can regularly get 30 mpg in my Toyota Tacoma (EPA rating 18 city/21 highway) and best was just above 37 mpg!

    • Really, it seems to me that the basics of hypermiling is about those two things: common sense & patience. Thanks for the note. 😀

  • JohnAnnArbor

    “Drafting” = “tailgating.” Sounds like a good way to find out why they call that low bar mounted to the back of big truck trailers the “Mansfield bar.”

    • You still get significant benefit from following large trucks at a safe (2 second) distance. On busy highways, there is a strong “corridor effect” of traveling in a line of vehicles.

      Nobody is saying you should drive unsafely. But you can drive as smartly as you can and save lots of fuel and money.


  • Once you realize that ecodriving saves you a bunch of money, you will wonder why you didn’t drive this way all along! I have saved thousands of dollars. My car (Scion xA) is rated at 30MPG for the Combined EPA rating, and I am averaging about 46MPG year round.

    This means that I can drive between 120 and 250 miles farther per tank. Before I learned about ecodriving or did any aerodynamic mods, I was already averaging about 37MPG and I got about 375 miles per tank; which is already better than the EPA rating. Now I average about 46MPG and I get about 500 miles per tank average. My best tank average was 55.3MPG and I’ve driven over 600 miles on several tanks.

    Not only that, I find that once I am concentrating on something I can control – and I stop worrying about things that I cannot control (like traffic conditions), I am much more relaxed. Ecodriving (aka hypermiling) reduces stress and saves you a lot of money – and your carbon footprint is greatly reduced.

    Trip planning helps a lot, as well – drive to the farthest place first and then do the shorter hops on the return trip. This lets the car warm up and get running more efficiently as soon as possible.


    • Dakota Barry

      I hyper-mile on my commute and have increased the mpg almost 50%. I fill up the car every 2 weeks and all I have to do is stay in the right lane and keep the car under 60mph (app. 1500 rpm) with slow acceleration and coasting to a stop. I average between 38 and 40mpg. On good days, I get between 45 and 50 mpg in a car with an EPA of 25 city/35 hwy. Amazing thing – its not a hybrid or EV so I’m saving $5000-10,000 up front.

      • You are doing what I have been doing since 2007. I averaged year round ~46MPG in a car that got 30MPG Combined. My best was over 55MPG, and I had six tanks over 600 miles (11.6 gallons was the most I ever pumped into the tank).

        I recorded every single tankful I used over the nearly 10 years I had the car.

  • jonesey jonesey

    This has always sounded like a lot of work, more of a hobby than a way of driving. These techniques won’t be necessary when we all have Volt-style vehicles, which is a good thing. Increasing CAFE standards will work a lot better than trying to educate and change the behavior of hundreds of millions of drivers.

    • Ecodriving still is important even on hybrids and EV’s. Getting the most out of the energy we use is going to be the most important thing we can do to minimize climate change. In a Volt, the average driver goes over 1,000 miles on the 8 gallon gas tank – but with ecodriving they could go over 2,000 miles! An EV that has a range say, of 75 miles can go 100+ miles on a charge. With better aerodynamics, a Leaf could go 140 miles – almost 2X the distance of the EPA range.


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