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Old 12-26-2008, 02:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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ECOMODDING mentioned on National Public Radio Science Friday

ECOMODDING just mentioned on NPR's Science Friday!!!!!!

They were talking about new science words of the year. The guest mentioned "Hypermiling" as word of the year, immediately followed by talking about "Ecomodding"!

Watch what the hits were on this forum just after 1:45 PM Central Time!

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Old 12-26-2008, 04:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Watch what the hits were on this forum just after 1:45 PM Central Time!
Where is that info?
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Wow! That's neat. It would be neat to get ecomodding more into the lexicon.
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Um, the comment about checking the Ecomodder Hits was mostly for MetroMPG or SVOBoy, not sure who else can check that info...


I think I got the right link here. The show was also about birding. The "Word's of Science" part was only a few minutes long.
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Ha! Good find, Ben.

The guest who was interviewed on Science Friday, Jonathon Keats, writes a column for WIRED called Jargon Watch, which has added:
Ecomodding v. Modifying a car to maximize fuel economy—it's the gearhead complement to hypermiling. With green tweaks like aerodynamic hubcaps and combustion-optimizing thermostats, ecomodders second-guess the engineers behind the Honda Civic and even the Toyota Prius.

But he linked to an edmunds.com article about EM instead of here, so we didn't get any obvious increase in visitors.

Here's the NPR interview audio: 8mb MP3 download

In it, Keats talks about what we do as related to hypermiling, but with "even more complex sorts of procedures, known sometimes by a newer term, which is Ecomodding..."
"...ecomodding being a form of 'modding' or modifying your vehicle in order to make it optimal in terms of mileage. So that, for example, you might make your hubcaps more aerodynamic, or even more involved than that, people have started installing high temperature engine thermostats."

Of course, he didn't quite get it all right, since strictly speaking ecomodding doesn't necessarily equate with hypermiling. You can hypermile without ecomodding, and you can be an ecomodder without being a hypermiler. Some ecomodders don't give a hoot about their driving habits.

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