Honda's New Civic Hybrid Stingy on Gas

This gasoline-electric powered car delivered about 700 kilometres of normal driving on a tank of fuel.

Published: 25-Nov-2005

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There seems to be a little underground game going on among hybrid car owners. The goal? See who can outdo one another in getting the best fuel economy average from vehicles that already claim to be the most miserly on the road.

Some go at it without shoes to more gingerly tap the throttle. Other chat forums are suggesting to "drive slowly" and "avoid braking" (perhaps one should consider avoiding abrupt braking rather than not stopping at all). A list on called "You know you're a real hybrid owner when ..." offers "you lean forward going up hills instead of hitting the gas" and "you post your gas mileage online."

These are the freaks looking for better mileage in an already fuel-efficient and emissions-friendly car. The reality is that most people who are switching from conventional combustion engines to the dual gasoline/electric-motored-cars are not likely going to change their driving style to save a few pennies.


Playing catch-up a decade late, the world's auto giants now find that they have to lease or buy technology from Toyota.

Spc. Jeffrey Hamme and Staff Sgt. Michelangelo Merksamer of HHC, 1/506th Infantry, point out features of the Hybrid Electric Humvee at the AUSA Annual Meeting earlier this month. The two Soldiers participated in a Military Utility Assessment of the prototype vehicle last month at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Ford's 'Hybrid Patrol,' a 10-city initiative this fall that aims to show hybrid drivers how to drive for best fuel economy. EV World photo of Bill and Lisa Hammond on way to first Ford Patrol event in Detroit during stop-over in Omaha.


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