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Old 10-02-2014, 10:55 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Enginer use to do this for hybrids, but quality control of the Chinese made parts got in the way. Between 1495-9 grand you can or could of got a 2-8 kilowatt phev kit for your hybrid vehicle. You got anywere from a 5-15 mpg boost under normal driving. By hypermiling you can easily double your mpg.

I purchases a 2 kilowatt system, then upgraded to a 4. My top was 103 a trip, 75 mpg the lowest before all that traffic from bridge repair on i95 when I had mines running.

The problem is most of the eco mods borders on the same mods the neighbor kid does to rice out his car. The main difference is yall do a kamel back where as the kid does a wing out of card board, coroplast, flashing, etc. The mods you do out of cardboard may become fiberglass, the kids, it just blows off.

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Old 10-03-2014, 12:29 AM   #12 (permalink)
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The issue is how long it takes for a mod to pay for itself. Most of us are either using scraps or cheap material for mods and/or are in it for the MPG game/challenge more than saving money, so cost isn't a big deal.

With the way fuel economy works, that means you'll be better off targeting vehicles that get bad mileage to start. If a $100 mod takes a 40MPG car to 44MPG, a 10% increase, it'll take 11k miles for it to pay off at $4 a gallon (longer at lower gas prices). If the same $100 were used to take a 20MPG vehicle to 22MPG, it would only take 5.5k miles to break even. Obviously the 40MPG car is still cheaper to operate, but the "savings" aren't as great.
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Old 10-03-2014, 02:48 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Didn't the Civic just replace the F150 as the vehicle sold most? Those trucks get lousy mileage!

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