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Notable eco-cars (old & new) spotted in the wild: post your pics!   Notable eco-cars (old & new) spotted in the wild: post your pics!
Check out interesting and rare eco-cars that people have stumbled across, and share findings of your own!
By MetroMPG - 1176 replies
In forum: General Efficiency Discussion

Efficient, cheap beaters! Used car ads: 35 mpg highway or more for $1500 or less   Efficient, cheap beaters! Used car ads: 35 mpg highway or more for $1500 or less
People often sign up on the forum seeking advice on cheap, economical beaters. The purpose of this thread is to go beyond the hypothetical, and post actual ads of actual available cars. They're out there, people. (Our non-North American members should feel free to laugh at our concept of 'efficient' little cars.)
By MetroMPG - 537 replies
In forum: For Sale

1946 Chevy Prius Truck   1946 Chevy Prius Truck
Watch how member Hoopie is integrating a 2001 Prius platform & drivetrain into a 1946 Chevy Truck, with the goal of making the changes invisible to the casual observer.
By Hoopie - 276 replies
In forum: Hybrids

Buy a trailer (instead of a pickup truck)   Buy a trailer (instead of a pickup truck)
This is a thread for anyone thinking about getting a pickup truck as a first or second vehicle when adding a trailer to your car would do instead (and save you lots of fuel & money).
By oil pan 4 - 842 replies
In forum: General Efficiency Discussion

You know you   You know you're an ecomodder if...
One of the more popular threads on EcoModder, this is a lighthearted and tongue-in-cheek look at the many potential signs and symptoms that you may be more interested in fuel economy than the average person...
By Tango Charlie - 2226 replies
In forum: The Lounge

Urba Centurion Update - (Kubota diesel, 100+ MPG in mixed driving - Fall 2012 on)   Urba Centurion Update - (Kubota diesel, 100+ MPG in mixed driving - Fall 2012 on)
Changzuki describes the progress of this diesel-powered custom car, with Triumph Spitfire manual transmission and rear differential. Top speed from the 850 cc Kubota is 65 mph, and it's returning 100+ MPG in mixed driving.
By changzuki - 694 replies
In forum: EcoModding Central

SuperGeek Pictures, what do you all think?   SuperGeek Pictures, what do you all think?
Check out this cool custom motorcycle reverse trike project. Hes getting over 70 mpg!
By Alien Vehicles - 60 replies
In forum: EcoModding Central


My 1991 Talon TSi Compound Turbo AWD   My 1991 Talon TSi Compound Turbo AWD
It would almost be easier to list what hasn't been done engine wise to this car. Suffice to say that he gets mid 40 mpg with an auto, and is pretty darn fast. Check out this extensive build here.
By pgfpro - 432 replies
In forum: EcoModding Central

Speed vs. MPG charts (post   Speed vs. MPG charts (post 'em if you got 'em)
The speed at which you choose to drive has the biggest impact on your highway fuel consumption. This fact is nicely demonstrated by this collection of graphs showing the relationship of MPH to MPG in a variety of vehicles, from a 55 hp Geo Metro to a 505 hp Corvette, and many others in between.
By bluejoey - 176 replies
In forum: Hypermiling / EcoDriver's Ed

t vago   t vago's MPGuino workspace thread, continued
Check out t vago's continuous enhancement of the multi-featured MPGuino fuel economy computer / gauge.
By t vago - 164 replies
In forum: OpenGauge / MPGuino FE computer

Boat tail project based on a single wheel trailer...   Boat tail project based on a single wheel trailer...
BamZipPow's epic customization & refinement of a single-wheel, drag-reducing trailer used on his already extensively aero-modified 1998 Toyota T-100 pickup. "Mileage is averaging around 27mpg with the trailer," he says, which he estimates is about a 2 MPG improvement.
By BamZipPow - 1067 replies
In forum: Aerodynamics

How to properly test modifications (AKA: don   How to properly test modifications (AKA: don't believe every MPG claim you read)
Here on EcoModder we see a lot of claims made about the effectiveness (or lack of effectiveness) of specific modifications. It's an understatement to say not all claims are made equal. It all depends on how rigorous the test is.
By MetroMPG - 115 replies
In forum: EcoModding Central

Why no more lean burn??   Why no more lean burn??
If the Honda Insight, Civic VX and HX were so good at achieving high mileage with lean burn, why is it not in all current Hondas and other economy cars? This thread looks at reasons for its demise & possible return in new cars.
By Mad Adder - 130 replies
In forum: General Efficiency Discussion

Paul & Sabrina   Paul & Sabrina's cheap DIY 144v motor controller
A thread and project of epic proportions where Paul designs a DIY 144V DC electric motor controller.
By MPaulHolmes - 7280 replies
In forum: Open ReVolt: open source DC motor controller

3rd gen Prius aeromod thread   3rd gen Prius aeromod thread
Vman455 buys a 3rd gen Prius, and in typical ecomodder fashion doesn't take long to start modding it. Check out what he has done.
By Vman455 - 262 replies
In forum: Aerodynamics

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 - 63 replies
In forum: Hypermiling / EcoDriver's Ed

VW Lupo 3L --> 2L   VW Lupo 3L --> 2L
Vekke has taken one of the world's most efficient cars and is modifying it extensively for even better results. "Best fuel consumption so far is 2.24 L/100km at 80 km/h average speed, which equals 105 MPG (US) at 50 MPH avg. speed."
By Vekke - 383 replies
In forum: EcoModding Central

Aerodynamic streamline template - online tool (view streamlined extension on any car)   Aerodynamic streamline template - online tool (view streamlined extension on any car)
Member seifrob made an online tool that overlays a streamlined template on an image of any vehicle to visualize the "ideal" extended low drag shape. Very useful for anyone considering building a drag-reducing Kamm back, full boat tail, box cavity, spoiler, etc.
By seifrob - 178 replies
In forum: Aerodynamics

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 - 81 replies
In forum: Aerodynamics

15 mods = 15% MPG improvement: A-B test, 2007 Honda Civic 1.8L, 5-speed   15 mods = 15% MPG improvement: A-B test, 2007 Honda Civic 1.8L, 5-speed
A collection of mosty small & inexpensive mods, from aerodynamic to electrical to gearing changes (through oversize tires) result in an average 15% mileage improvement in a 2007 Civic.
By MetroMPG - 47 replies
In forum: EcoModding Central





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