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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 - 1376 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 - 1305 replies
In forum: For Sale

You know you   You know you're an ecomodder if/when...
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 - 2439 replies
In forum: The Lounge

Shift points: EPA testing of manual transmissions (why beating MT ratings is easier)   Shift points: EPA testing of manual transmissions (why beating MT ratings is easier)
Find out why it is easier to beat manual transmission EPA ratings than automatic transmission EPA ratings.
By MetroMPG - 40 replies
In forum: Hypermiling / EcoDriver's Ed

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 - 1097 replies
In forum: General Efficiency Discussion

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 - 702 replies
In forum: EcoModding Central

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 - 7342 replies
In forum: Open ReVolt: open source DC motor controller


What   What's your best motorcycle MPG?
Lots of EcoModder members own motorcycles for commuting, for play or to as primary vehicles. In this long thread, owners chime in with their best numbers: what (and how) they were riding to achieve great MPG.
By MetroMPG - 425 replies
In forum: Motorcycles / Scooters

Echo-Troll Modding Thread (2005 Toyota Echo)   Echo-Troll Modding Thread (2005 Toyota Echo)
Follow the progress of an extensive aeromodding project on a 2005 Toyota Echo 1.5L , 5-speed. EPA : 30 City \ 38 HWY \ 33 Combined MPG (US). Modified MPG: 60 to 75 MPG in a 4.3 mile commute \ 60 to 67 mpg on the highway.
By echo-francis - 331 replies
In forum: EcoModding Central

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 - 388 replies
In forum: EcoModding Central

Replace your car battery with capacitors!   Replace your car battery with capacitors!
A good discussion on replacing a starting battery with ultra capacitors in cars, trucks, and motorcycles.
By redneck - 379 replies
In forum: EcoModding Central

Recumbent Honda 90   Recumbent Honda 90
Ironside customizes and aeromods his Honda 90 motorcycle into a recumbent.
By Ironside - 178 replies
In forum: Motorcycles / Scooters

94 Caprice Wagon 5.7L project--46 MPG so far   94 Caprice Wagon 5.7L project--46 MPG so far
A huge boat of a vehicle modded to get some crazy good mileage.
By funkhoss - 125 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 - 183 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 - 119 replies
In forum: EcoModding Central

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 - 148 replies
In forum: EcoModding Central

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

Aerocivic - how to drop your Cd from 0.31 to 0.17   Aerocivic - how to drop your Cd from 0.31 to 0.17
The first of its kind, the Aerocivic. This car has been pumping out hybrid smashing mileage for years now. VERY impressive build.
By basjoos - 756 replies
In forum: Aerodynamics

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 - 298 replies
In forum: Aerodynamics

Project Extended Pop-Top Aerodynamic Camper Shell (   Project Extended Pop-Top Aerodynamic Camper Shell ('99 Tacoma)
The design criteria for this fiberglass-over-foam project: extended to the end of the lowered tailgate for maximum room (and further reduced aero wake); enough room in the "up" position for a raised floor to store gear beneath while still having room to sit up and move around comfortably; simple and convenient to use.
By a8ksh4 - 345 replies
In forum: Aerodynamics





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