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Old 06-18-2008, 03:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
superchow
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Lightbulb Alternative Measure of Efficiency?

This has been plaguing me since the Lacey, WA MPG Rally in which I participated. The best hypermilers were also some of the slowest. Nothing wrong with that, but sometimes averaging less than 30 mph does not offset the gain of arriving at your destination in half the time.

This became all too aparent to me when driving to Wyoming from western Washington. A 900 mile drive (yes in one day) that would take 15 hours @ 60 mph average speed would take 18 hours if one is 10 mph on average slower.

Now, I doubt that anyone would argue that three hours is not an insignificant amount of time in which one could be sipping a cold one while watching the Godfather with the in-laws while your "alter-ego" is still saving the planet on the US highways. But I digress...

Do we need a different measure of efficiency in which we take speed into account? MPG per MPH? What's the general consensus here?

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