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You can lie about your mpg.


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Only take downhill and downwind trips.

Good idea but, I've been places that every where you go it's up hill and usually a head wind.

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Johno02 wrote:

I looked up what I pay for electricity. I pay approximately (it varies with amount used and the seasons) $1.16 per kwh.
No way. According to Wikipedia there's no country in the world paying an exhorbitant rate like that.

As said, you've got a decimal place off there.

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Right, I didn't check. Comparing to the rate here, just about 1 decimal place. My Bad, but I was right about the folks here being too smart. However, I still have to drive more than 25 miles to Walmart.


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hpdrver wrote:

The cost of a Volt is also now discounted by dealers and has a $7500 rebate so it does not cost 45K.
Unless your state is offering a rebate on those vehicles, you are VERY confused. That $7500 is NOT a rebate, it's a TAX CREDIT. Two totally different things. The car still costs $40k+ dollars (which isn't an outrageous amount considering the car IMO).

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Does anybody have any numbers for using LPG??? From what I have heard, it can run in most existing vehicles with relatively inexpensive modifications. Seems like you may have to start on gas, then switch after its running. I do see a log more commercial vehicles running on LPG.. Jomebody juno in here, or maybe a new thread..

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You are right and I know the difference since I claimed it on my tax return.Thanks for correcting my verbiage. The msrp of a Volt is $39,995 which is discounted by $2000 by dealers in my area. With the "tax credit" the net cost $30,500 which is very reasonable.

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Dick_B wrote:

I tow at 56 mph which might not save much gas as compared with 59 BUT why not try it? So what if the semi's have to pass. They whiz by me all the time but fortunately it is usually on four lane or more interstate highways.


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We're up to $4.30 and higher for 87 octane in Northern California, and climbing. As of 2/23/12.

I always tow my trailer at 59mph, so no room for changes there (if I go slower the semis have to keep passing me).

And I'm playing the game where I let off the gas early so that I roll up to stop lights instead of driving to the light and hitting my brakes.

What else is there to improve MPG? Any non-placebo tips/tricks to help?


Let's see.

You're in Northern CA.

You tow at 59 mph.
Speed limit in CA for vehicles towing trailers is 55 mph.
So you *are* exceeding the speed limit (although by a small amount) - you could be cited for exceeding the limit, which will *add* to the cost per mile.

Slow down to 55 - let the truckers exceed the limit at "their peril".

Doesn't everyone let off the gas pedal if the signal ahead is red?
No help there.

Non-placebo tricks:
Not "tricks" - walk or ride a bike for local commuter stuff.
Good exercise - unlimited mpg!.

Other than that . . . it's - "BOHICA".
(Speculators have to make a buck somehow, LOL!)

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I'm considering buying one of these electric mopeds, mostly for local use. They can drive 50-60 mph without a drop of gas.


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