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by: Catgic January 6, 2007 6:40 AM PST

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Are There Any Hybrid Hypermilers Residing In Buzztown?

by Catgic - 1/6/07 6:40 AM

My other car is a classic 1986 560SL that slurps down premium priced, high-test fuel at the rate of one U.S. Gallon for every 15 miles of highway traveled --- that is, if I can keep my lead foot from putting it into fuel-injected afterburner. To do my part to fight Petro-Terrorism and Save The Planet as well as to conserve the ever dwindling contents of my wallet, I recently acquired a 2007 Prius Hybrid that frugally sips bargain priced, low-test Arabian Go-Juice at a nominal EPA 51/55/60 MPG.

My Mercedes Roaster put me on a first name basis with, Bubba, the owner of the corner gas station who used to smile and wave at me every time I pulled in to top-off my 26.5 U.S. Gallon tank with Premium Unleaded. Alas, my new Toyota Hybrid is working to make strangers out of Bubba and me. Now, when I Pulse & Glide silently by in Warp Stealth with the multi-function information display monitor in the Prius cockpit showing all black energy flow arrow lines and 99.9 MPG, Bubba wears a frown and no longer waves at me.

Bubba and I are becoming strangers, and I now only drive my well-muscled, fuel-hungry and high-maintenance roadster to church once a week to keep its innards lubricated.

Once I started driving my new Prius Hybrid, I was drawn to hybrid hypermiling like the proverbial moth is drawn to a flame. Grasshopper, I have now been transformed into a hypermiling Hybrid Zen Master who is At One With My Hybrid. I now work (play?) hard at driving my Prius to optimally manage the Hybrid Synergy Drive so as to cause it to deliver, and surpass the 51/55/60 EPA Fuel Economy numbers promised on the window sticker.

Are there any other residents of Buzztown who are owners and drivers of a hybrid personal transportation vehicle? If so, what brand and model is it, what kind of gas mileage do you get, and; are you an active, practicing hybrid hypermiler? JP cool

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