Today, with a combination of astute driving and good traffic conditions, I was able to hypermile the Insight up to 63.2 MPGs. I discovered a few “tricks” during the drive and I’m going to try to utilize them more during my daily drive. Among them are much more conservative acceleration, pulsing and gliding on the gas, and avoiding coasting with the clutch depressed. It seems that in the Insight, having the assist battery fully charged results in more effective “assist” during heavy motor use (climbing hills, etc). At this rate, I’ll be able to travel 630 miles on a tank of gas (in theory).
As the price of gasoline creeps up (yet again), it’s nice knowing that I’m mitigating both my financial obligation and my carbon footprint.
Here are a few pics: