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Old 12-16-2007, 03:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Last 3: 70.09 mpg (US)

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90 day: 55.44 mpg (US)

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90 day: 70.75 mpg (US)

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Video: Jay Leno checks out a Ford Escape plug-in hybrid prototype

From Jay Leno's Garage...

Not a bad video. If you already know the basics behind plug-in hybrids, you might still pick up a couple of tidbits from this. (I did.)

It's interesting to see Leno genuinely asking the what are probably pretty "typical" questions about the vehicle & technology.

He's more of a petrol head than a gear head, if you know what I mean. (When he's getting ready to open the Escape's hood, he says, "now we're gonna see a couple of Webers under here...")

He takes it out for a test drive and pulls off 47 or 48 mpg (US). The Ford guy riding with him says the previous driver clocked somewhere around 120 (likely trying pretty hard).

Project MPGiata! Mods for getting 50+ MPG from a 1990 Miata
Honda mods: Ecomodding my $800 Honda Fit 5-speed beater
Mitsu mods: 70 MPG in my ecomodded, dirt cheap, 3-cylinder Mirage.
Ecodriving test: Manual vs. automatic transmission MPG showdown

has launched a forum for the efficient new Mitsubishi Mirage - fuel efficiency info for Geo Metro owners - electric car conversion on a beer budget
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