Can you go 1000 miles on a single tank of gas? That’s the challenge that Ford has laid out, and this weekend they’re seeing if their Ford Fusion Hybrid can do it. Ford is using an unmodified (except for the paint job) Ford Fusion Hybrid for the test, and has employed some hypermilers to try to average 57 mpg for the entire 1000 miles. The 1000 mile journey will be conducted between Mount Vernon, VA and Washington DC, which are pretty close together, but they’re taking the long way to get there. The team of drives, consisting of Ford Engineers, a fuel efficiency expert, and a Nascar driver Carl Edwards is expected to drive 43 straight hours (that equals about 25 miles per hour – you might not want to be following behind them if you’re in a hurry!). Ford engineers have been able to hit 70 mpg using hypermileage techniques – the challenge is designed to see if those techniques can be sustained over time.
Update: 4/27 – looks like Ford met the challenge. News reports are saying that the Ford Fusion hit the 1000 mile mark with almost a third of the tank of gas remaining. Basically, that’s about 80 mpg. The team hit this mark by using various high mileage driving techniques -including driving with the windows closed and not using the air conditioner – which, in the 85 degree weather that we had this weekend, must have made for a pretty unpleasant ride.
Update 4/29 – Final miles driven on the single tank of gas 1445.7
Check out the video that shows the Ford Fusion finally running out of gas on the George Washington Parkway in Washington, DC. after 69 straight hours of driving.