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Saturday, May 16, 2009

NASCAR star Carl Edwards drives 1445.7 miles in a 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid on a single tank of fuel.

A team of Ford hybrid engineers, a fuel efficiency expert and a NASCAR star have driven a 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid using Eco-Driving techniques 1445.7 miles (2313.12 km) on a single 17.5 US gallon (66.24 Liter) tank of gasoline to record an average of 81.5 mpg (2.88 l/100 km) average, not bad from a totally standard production car even if it is a hybrid. The 1,000-Mile Challenge started at 8:15 a.m. on Saturday, April 25, from Mount Vernon, Va., the car finally ran out of gas and battery power on April 28th at 5:37 am EST in Washington, D.C.

The PR stunt surpassed their target by over 40% and raising money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in the process. The team crossed the 1000 mile mark with Carl Edwards behind the wheel, fresh from his barrel rolling exhibition at Talladega, and the team also included world-record breaking Wayne Gerdes who has turned hypermiler into a sport. (the World Record is 2,254.4 miles – 3,607 km – on a single tank of fuel set in a 2001 Honda Insight Hybrid in 2006.

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