Ford has announced that a team of specially trained eco-drivers was able to travel 1,445.7 miles on a single tank of gas in a standard 2010 Fusion Hybrid.

Ford has announced that a team of specially trained eco-drivers was able to travel 1,445.7 miles on a single tank of gas in a standard 2010 Fusion Hybrid.

Driven by a team that consisted of NASCAR racer Carl Edwards, eco-motorist Wayne Gerdes, and several Ford engineers, the task took more than 69 hours to complete and in the end the Fusion boasted an astounding fuel economy average of 81.5 mpg. The feat was impressive enough to set a world record for the longest distance traveled on a single tank of gas in a gasoline-powered midsize sedan.

While the Fusion's hybrid system was built for outstanding mileage, the drivers improved their fuel efficiency by using eco-driving tactics such as maintaining even throttle pressure, braking and accelerating gradually, coasting to stops, and avoiding potholes which reduce momentum.

Besides doubling the Fusion Hybrid's estimated range of 700 miles per tank, the team was also able to raise more than $8,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

 

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