Hypermiling Our VW Beetle
Originally uploaded by mikeysklar
Wendy and I took off early this morning destined for the ABQ airport. She had a afternoon flight and I had the onerous job of dropping her at the airport, making a u-turn, and driving for another 2.5 hours back home. This 5 hour (300 mile) airport drop-off is the downside of a living in the middle of nowhere. We have minimized the expense by making our own biodiesel and having a high mileage vehicle. Today I noticed we can further reduce the resource drain by driving really slow! Wendy drove to ABQ going 65 mph averaging about 30 mpg. I drove home going 55 mph and disabled the air conditioner while climbing big hills. My mileage was roughly 60 mpg. I realize there can be many variables here so I'll test the super slow speed thing further when I have to pick her up. Sadly, New Mexico has a 75 mph speed limit on the interstates which means everybody gets lousy mileage if you dutifully follow the posted speed limit.