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June 27, 2009

Greenlings: Can pulse and glide work to improve electric vehicle highway range?

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Wayne Gerdes explains hypermiling before the Ford Fusion 1,000 mile challenge

Recently we got a question from a reader regarding the benefit of using the common hypermiling technique of “pulse and glide” with a battery electric vehicle. Given the relative scarcity of pure electric vehicles, P&G has mostly been used by hybrid drivers as one of the techniques to squeeze every last mile out of every drop of gasoline. There’s a reason hypermilers use the technique: it is very effective. Since my own professional driver training has more to do with vehicle dynamics and getting through corners with the least possible loss of momentum I decided to consult with a true expert in the field of hyper-miling, Wayne Gerdes.

Wayne runs a web-site called CleanMPG.com that includes discussion boards where fuel sippers talk at length about getting more from less. At a recent media event we had a chance to talk with Wayne about what exactly is pulse and glide. At its core, it is precisely what the name implies, a pulse of acceleration to get the car up to some target speed, followed by a period of gliding, off the accelerator for as long as possible.

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