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Old 06-08-2011, 10:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What's YOUR motivation for ecomodding

I wanted to take an informal poll: What's YOUR motivation for ecomodding?
A) Saving money
B) Reducing CO2 emissions
C) Reducing pollutant emissions (CO, HC, NOx, PM, etc)
D) A fun hobby
E) Other (please specify)

It's okay to give your answers in percentage form.

My answer is:

A) 90%
B) 0%
C) 0%
D) 10%
E) 0%

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Old 06-08-2011, 11:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The fact that I drive 30k+ miles per year and have a severe shortage of funds. Also, it saves cash that goes into my sports car. Plus it's a good feeling knowing that I have saved over 1003 US gallons to date driving my Metro.
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Old 06-08-2011, 11:57 AM   #3 (permalink)
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...saving $ + personnal challenge (I know I can achieve better MPG!)
that and learning in general (in this case specifically engine mechanics/dynamics and aerodynamics). I want to keep my car forever, rebuild it piece by piece.
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Old 06-08-2011, 01:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
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90% hobby (D)
10% saving money (A)
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Old 06-08-2011, 01:08 PM   #5 (permalink)
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The challenge. Even though I am in an industry where a .5 mpg can mean a huge difference to the bottom line, I love thinking about pushing the envelope on what can be done, regardless. In the beginning it was speed, at the expense of everything else; now it's speed, mpg, and eco friendliness.
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Old 06-08-2011, 02:19 PM   #6 (permalink)
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A) Saving money - 50%
B) Reducing CO2 emissions ~5% *
C) Reducing pollutant emissions (CO, HC, NOx, PM, etc) ~5-10% **
D) A fun hobby - 20%
E) Other (please specify) - 'Fighting' the numbers instead of other drivers, far less stress - 20%

* I'm sure this comes as a surprise given the 'lively' debates that have been had on this on this forum not to be re-run here, but there are many levels of skepticism.

** I don't put this so high as I assume two things - i) the engineers who designed my car optimised this, and ii) by using less fuel I reduce them further.
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Old 06-08-2011, 02:20 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Its more the technical challenge than anything else.

On the Jeep, its all technical challenge. Can I get a cinderblock with huge off road tires get 25mpg on the highway (@75mph)? The mods are going to cost more than anything I can save, but I will definetly have some bragging rights.
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Old 06-08-2011, 02:22 PM   #8 (permalink)
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PS - DD, is this part of your sig entirely correct?

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Shouldn't that be "can't" ?
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Old 06-08-2011, 02:50 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Yeah, you're right. Thanks for catching the typo.
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My version of regenerative braking is called "bump starting".

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Old 06-08-2011, 03:14 PM   #10 (permalink)
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...saving $ + personnal challenge (I know I can achieve better MPG!)
+1

Now instead of brain dead commuting with brief moments of getting real performance out of my car I'm getting real performance out of it all the time.

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Manual 1:1 gear ratio .......98%
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Automatic .........................86%

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