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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

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 60’s 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

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


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

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

The AX Eco Project : 100 mpg target !   The AX Eco Project : 100 mpg target !
In the 90's, the super light Citroën 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

Pre-heating the Prius Transaxle and Engine for better fuel economy   Pre-heating the Prius Transaxle and Engine for better fuel economy
Orange4boy experiments with pre-heating things on his 1st gen Prius.
By orange4boy - 70 replies
In forum: Hybrids

OG   OG's VX Build: HyperMile Driving with some JDM Styling
Member OG VX documents the ongoing restoration/ecomodding of his 1992 Honda Civic VX with tons of details and photos. Already averaging 54 mpg (US).
By OG VX - 471 replies
In forum: EcoModding Central

Front Air Dam ABA test results: 7.49% increase in MPG at 60 mph (2003 Honda Civic DX)   Front Air Dam ABA test results: 7.49% increase in MPG at 60 mph (2003 Honda Civic DX)
The addition of lawn edging air dam to this 2003 Civic DX shows very good results in testing: mileage jumps from 44.7 to 48 mpg in multiple 60 mph comparison runs. The downside: it scrapes a lot in normal driving. (Just like the very deep factory air dam on the Chevrolet Volt.)
By whatmaycome14 - 47 replies
In forum: Aerodynamics

Testing rolling resistance of the Various Tires of the Suzukiclone Fleet (RE92 wins)   Testing rolling resistance of the Various Tires of the Suzukiclone Fleet (RE92 wins)
By MetroMPG - 50 replies
In forum: EcoModding Central

Spotted: fully streamlined/aeromodded ~2005 Honda Civic sedan (Austin, TX)   Spotted: fully streamlined/aeromodded ~2005 Honda Civic sedan (Austin, TX)
Spotted in the wild in Austin, Texas: a 2005-ish Civic Sedan with the full DIY aero treatment, from custom front bumper, to wheel covers, skirting, Kammback treatment and more. Anybody know whose it is?
By MetroMPG - 57 replies
In forum: Aerodynamics

Double kilotank: 2,009.6 mi on one 35 gal tank (   Double kilotank: 2,009.6 mi on one 35 gal tank ('07 Dodge Ram 2500 quad cab)
Distance: 2,009.6 miles; Fuel used: 35.0 gallons; Actual measured mileage: 57.42 mpg. Diesel_Dave notes the additional modifications & techniques used to accomplish this feat in this thread.
By Diesel_Dave - 85 replies
In forum: Success Stories

Aeromodded Civic VX 72mpg (image heavy)   Aeromodded Civic VX 72mpg (image heavy)
Ecotex shares with us his father's modified Civic VX that gets very impressive mileage.
By ecoTex - 357 replies
In forum: EcoModding Central





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