- Slowing down and maintaining even throttle pressure
- Gradually accelerating and smoothly braking
- Maintaining a safe distance between vehicles and anticipating traffic conditions
- Coasting up to red lights and stop signs to avoid fuel waste and brake wear
- Minimize use of heater and air conditioning to reduce the load on the engine
- Close windows at high speeds to reduce aerodynamic drag
- Applying the “Pulse and Glide” technique while maintaining the flow of traffic
- Minimize excessive engine workload by using the vehicle’s kinetic forward motion to climb hills, and use downhill momentum to build speed; and
- Avoiding bumps and potholes that can reduce momentum
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The Ford Fusion Hybrid starts at $27,270, and is eligible for a $3400 federal tax rebate. The EPA rating for the 2010 Fusion hybrid is 41 mpg city, 36 mpg highway. This model gets the better fuel economy of competing Toyota Camry Hybrid mid-size sedan.
My take on this is that this shows how far that hybrids have been developed. Congratulations to Ford for developing a such an effective green vehicle. There will be many more developments over the next several years.