> > I have noted that by doing this the battery charge levels remain
> > lower, which means to me that they are being used more of the
> > am amazed how effective this is. You travel a little slower, but
> > significantly higher gas mileage.
> Why don't you reword that: "You piss off everyone around you by
> games in traffic, but fuck 'em. Do what YOU want. It's YOUR
Nice to see you're as pleasant here as in "alt.tv.tech.hdtv".
I also have a Prius and found that modest acceleration is by far the
biggest influence on MPG. I find that 2-3 MPH/second accel rate (10-15
seconds to get to 30) will piss nobody off and still do well on MPG.
My Prius had 12855 miles as of the last fill up and has taken 248.127
gallons of gas total. The last 5 tanks have all been 500+ miles, 7
500+ mile tanks total.
The other 'trick' is to _not_ race to the next light as in 'don't give
up your forward momentum' if you can avoid it. There is one yokel in a
Tahoe who passes me several times every Friday, changing lanes and
racing to the next light while I plod along 3-5MPH over the limit and
keep passing this silly person. I count 'passing' as in more than 1
block ahead or behind me.
Remnember, you can recover some of the kinetic energy with the braking
system but for any given velocity, the energy is a constant
_regardless_ of how much was used to reach that speed.
Overall, the Prius has reduced the gas usage 13 gallons/week for the 2
cars while not traveling any fewer miles.
I call the Prius a "sit-in arcade game".