Thursday, April 2, 2009

I heard this story on NPR on my drive to work this morning. I call it "Taking the fun out of driving."

Driver Technique Matters With Plug-In Hybrids

"Oh-oh. You see that heavy foot right there? You just got the gas motor to come on at 20 miles an hour," she says.
That's a total no-no if you want to get the most miles per gallon. You want to rely on the battery and keep the gas motor off. At 20 mph, there's no reason for it to kick in — unless you have a heavy foot, which, apparently, I do.
"There's no need to just kind of punch it. It'll go," Fahenstock says. "You're really not going to get to your destination any sooner. Why do you need to accelerate so quickly?"

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