Improved MPG from my Ford Fusion Hybrid
Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at 10:01AM
Bill Wood in FFH, Ford Fusion Hybrid, mpg

Spring has sprung here in the mid-Atlantic area and it is really helping my mileage figures.  During the winter I went as low as 29-30 mpg, but in the 60-80 degree weather we've had recently my mileage has improved drastically.  In fact, its better than ever. 

Yesterday I set a new record on the way home, which is mostly a 7 mile slog uphill from King of Prussia to Route 30, (the Lincoln Highway, the first transcontinental highway).  Previously my best was 45.5 mpg on Aug 7, 2009.  Yesterday I got 47.8 mpg.

Today, I set a new record on the way to work.  My previous best was 60.4 mpg on July 6, 2009.  Today I got 61.1!

The funny thing is, I'm not even trying that hard. I guess its true when they say that after awhile the mileage gets better - I've got over 7000 miles on my FFH now. The battery seems to be in a high state of charge more often.

Also, my ability to drive for high mpgs has become second nature.  One thing I do now is try to minimize the gas-guzzling moves, keeping the instantaneous mpg indicator above 20mph if possible. I will also minimize battery draw-down situations (going over a hill in EV mode for instance) by applying a little internal combustion engine boost.

Is anyone else experiencing improved MPGs?

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