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Civic VX MPG project (Delete Alternator, add solar)   Civic VX MPG project (Delete Alternator, add solar)
This project sees the marriage of a 1994 Honda Civic VX and a roof-mounted 135 watt solar panel, charge controller and supplementary battery pack in parallel with the stock car battery and electrical system - the goal of which is to reduce engine load and save fuel by transferring the task of electricity production from the alternator to sunshine. Update: after 5000 miles, the unexpected results are in.
By VXmpgRacer - 70 replies
In forum: EcoModding Central

Stricter EPA testing for 2017 model year - be careful making comparisons   Stricter EPA testing for 2017 model year - be careful making comparisons
EPA fuel economy testing has changed because of manufacturers who were caught using "erroneous" (haha) coastdown methods for measuring aero drag and mechanical resistance. As a result, many 2017 vehicle ratings are lower than the previous year.
By MetroMPG - 13 replies
In forum: General Efficiency Discussion

Have you ever given 1-on-1 ecodriving instruction? (Here   Have you ever given 1-on-1 ecodriving instruction? (Here's how I did it.)
MetroMPG walks us through his recent experience of teaching individual "non-hypermilers" about ecodriving. With just an hour-long session, each driver's results showed an immediate increase in fuel economy above their car's EPA ratings.
By MetroMPG - 105 replies
In forum: Hypermiling / EcoDriver's Ed

Aero RV (custom boat tail for   Aero RV (custom boat tail for '95 Ford E-350 Class C motorhome)
Orbywan says: "About a month ago I decided to build a boat tail for my 95 E-350 Ford 25 foot turbo diesel Class C motor home. I read the aerodynamics study NASA did at Dryden Air Force base back in the late 60ís on the squared off E-150 van about 20 times, as well as several other studies, drew up some plans and three weeks later and some serious sweat the prototype is done and tested." Initial results show about a 20% mpg improvement.
By orbywan - 169 replies
In forum: Aerodynamics

Ecomodder   Ecomodder's "strange-looking car" Makes the News
"The black 1994 Honda Civic has what looks like white teeth in the front and a funny-looking plastic wing or tail in the back. But the owner has his reasons for his car's odd appearance..."
By Joggernot - 30 replies
In forum: The Lounge

Third Conversion, ultra efficient (1993 Geo Metro EV)   Third Conversion, ultra efficient (1993 Geo Metro EV)
EVmetro shares a wonderful thread on restoring and converting his 1993 Geo Metro to an electric vehicle.
By EVmetro - 79 replies
In forum: Fossil Fuel Free

Project: Aero Trailer for TDi   Project: Aero Trailer for TDi
VRdublove writes: "We have a 8000 mile summer tour, and decided to make an aerodynamic trailer to carry our ultralight adventure vehicles. We decided to use a utility trailer as the base, and add an aluminum shell that tapers the bodyshape of the Sportwagen that's pulling it."
By VRdublove - 27 replies
In forum: Aerodynamics


My Ford Ranger - Project Log   My Ford Ranger - Project Log
Nathan01xl is currently averaging around 38 MPG (US) in his 2001 Ford Ranger following numerous changes including the addition of a digital MPG gauge, improved driving technique, and a growing list of efficiency modifications.
By nathan01xl - 146 replies
In forum: EcoModding Central

Personal best on your latest fill-up?  Post it here!   Personal best on your latest fill-up? Post it here!
Members who have recently recorded personal best fuel economy share their results and how they accomplished them.
By MetroMPG - 90 replies
In forum: Success Stories

Honda Insight Under-body Smoothing Panels (custom belly pan / undertray)   Honda Insight Under-body Smoothing Panels (custom belly pan / undertray)
This is an incredibly detailed effort to smooth out the underside of a first generation Honda Insight. After the modification, the owner says, "As for MPG, I seem to be getting about 7 MPG more than before. Average is about 81 MPG with 60 F temps, and this is over a full tank of gas."
By 3-Wheeler - 74 replies
In forum: Aerodynamics

Designing a header for fuel economy (for a Metro G10 1.0L)   Designing a header for fuel economy (for a Metro G10 1.0L)
Daox walks through the steps on how to design a header to improve fuel economy for his Metro's G10 1.0L engine.
By Daox - 121 replies
In forum: EcoModding Central

Automotive Aerodynamics (video series)   Automotive Aerodynamics (video series)
Forum member and aero researcher graysgarage is producing info-rich, YouTube videos on a variety of automotive aerodynamic topics. They include clear explanations, plus lots of flow test footage and analysis. And he's taking suggestions for future episodes.
By graysgarage - 67 replies
In forum: Aerodynamics

Slow progress but progress (DIY two seater tadpole trike, 9hp Honda diesel)   Slow progress but progress (DIY two seater tadpole trike, 9hp Honda diesel)
Old Mechanic is developing an efficient, aerodynamic platform for a tadpole vehicle with the flexibility to run various drivetrains, including (ultimately) his patented hydraulic hybrid drive system. Initial plans are to power it with a single cylinder Honda diesel mated to a Harley 5 speed.
By user removed - 381 replies
In forum: EcoModding Central

2nd gen Honda Insight parallel portable plugin hybrid battery pack build thread   2nd gen Honda Insight parallel portable plugin hybrid battery pack build thread
RedDevil is adding a 2nd battery pack in parallel with the OEM hybrid battery pack for additional capacity and a boost in mpg.
By RedDevil - 73 replies
In forum: Hybrids

The Zing! (Custom-built prototype hybrid tadpole trike)   The Zing! (Custom-built prototype hybrid tadpole trike)
The intention is for the production version is to have a 7.2kWh lithium pack which will have a maximum electric-only range of ~70 miles or about 40 miles in everyday driving. Then the generator starts up and you can keep driving, similar to the Chevy Volt.
By NeilBlanchard - 177 replies
In forum: Hybrids

Recumbent Honda 90   Recumbent Honda 90
Ironside customizes and aeromods his Honda 90 motorcycle into a recumbent.
By Ironside - 133 replies
In forum: Motorcycles / Scooters

Another truck aero cap idea...   Another truck aero cap idea...
Follow the evolution of BamZipPow's aerodynamic cap for his 1998 Toyota T-100 pickup.
By BamZipPow - 368 replies
In forum: Aerodynamics

The AX Eco Project : 100 mpg target !   The AX Eco Project : 100 mpg target !
In the 90's, the super light CitroŽn AX diesel held a Guinness record as the most efficient production car available, capable of 65 mpg (US) at 56 mph (90 km/h). HypermilerAX's modifications have already improved this to 80 mpg (US) at 56 mph. Now he's aiming for 90 mpg to beat the 1994 "AX Eco" concept car, and is also eyeing a 100 mpg tank (2000 km).
By HypermilerAX - 130 replies
In forum: EcoModding Central

Orange4boy   Orange4boy's Rescue and Revival of a 2003 Prius
See how Orange4boy brings back his 2003 Prius from the dead with a "dreaded P3120 HV Transaxle failure code".
By orange4boy - 167 replies
In forum: Hybrids

Manual vs. automatic transmission MPG showdown: Nissan Micra 1.6L   Manual vs. automatic transmission MPG showdown: Nissan Micra 1.6L
The Micra's official ratings are almost the same for the automatic and manual transmission. Yet the 5-speed can be much more efficient in the real world using just one simple ecodriving technique. Again we see the EPA handicaps manual transmission cars due to dictated, non-eco shift points during testing.
By MetroMPG - 51 replies
In forum: Hypermiling / EcoDriver's Ed





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