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HYPERMILING: The Gas Pedal Has Had Enough!

Monday, August 4th, 2008


That’s right, Nissan is developing the “ECO pedal”:

Nissan Motor Co said on Monday it has developed an accelerator pedal that can push back on the driver’s foot when it detects excess pressure and poor fuel efficiency.

The article goes on to say the company claims it can improve fuel efficiency 5-10 percent. Apparently it will also come with a real-time fuel use gauge, which to me sounds similar to the major function of the ScanGaugue.

The ECO pedal makes me immediately think of an egg. Let me explain.

I have a free ECO pedal. It’s called my foot.

Instead of relying on my car’s computer, I let the ol’ soggy noodle do the work. Admittedly, sometimes it fails. But here’s my tip for gentler acceleration and improved MPG ratings.I got the idea from tips I’d read about driving in the snow, in which people suggest treating the brake pedal like you’ve got an egg between the pedal and your foot. Nice and gentle. With hypermiling, think of the gas pedal the same way. In fact, I’ve taken to lightly resting my foot on the gas, and leaning into it slightly just with my big toe.

HYPERMILING: How A Blimp Can Save You Gas

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

OK, it’s a stretch, but if you’ve ever wondered what a blimp has to do with one of the tenets of hypermiling (And who hasn’t?) READ ON.