Users who have undergone a mileage-maximizing technique training, which includes smooth acceleration and coasting to red lights, succeeded in squeezing out 1,445.7 miles out of a single full-tank during a fund-raising venture in Washington, D.C. that ended today.
The feat was done by averaging 81.5 miles on a gallon in an off-the-showroom floor, non-revised 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid, considered the most fuel-economical mid-size vehicle in North America, almost doing twice as much as its original range.
The 1,000-Mile Challenge for the Ford Fusion Hybrid began at 8:15 a.m. EDT on Saturday, April 25, with starting point located at Mount Vernon, Virginia, and finished at 5.37 a.m. on George Washington Parkway in D.C.
The tank of the Ford Fusion emptied only after 69 straight hours of driving and the odometer recorded 1,445.7 miles, a world record for a mid-size sedan powered by gasoline.
The team that drove the Fusion Hybrid consisted of NASCAR ace Carl Edwards, high mileage pioneer Wayne Gerdes and a number of Ford engineers, raised in excess of $8,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) by going over the challenge limit of 1000 miles on a single tank of gasoline. The estimated range for the Fusion Hybrid per tank is 700 miles.
Wayne Gerdes used the word “brilliant" to describe the way the Fusion Hybrid works. He remarked that when acceleration power is not needed while driving, the vehicle's gas engine shuts down seamlessly – something that the Fusion Hybrid has done effectively.
He praised the Fusion engineering team for achieving such a feat. Also making a contribution to Fusion Hybrid team's record success in Washington DC is Ford NASCAR driver Carl Edwards. He expressed excitement in having an active part in the mileage challenge.
Gerdes described the achievement as even more special, especially as it would help tell the public about the superb mileage of the Fusion Hybrid while helping out a charity. He remarked that the Fusion Hybrid will certainly help consumers save fuel while driving it. He noted that he was so impressed with the Fusion Hybrid that he bought one for himself.