weather & fuel economy
Boy, the weather sure does affect fuel economy. Since starting my hypermiling, the weather has changed from being a late winter chill (between -10°C and 0°) to becoming downright summery (mornings around 10°C, afternoons higher, as high as 27°C today!). As the temperature rises, I have seen a corresponding reduction in my fuel consumption.
Filling up today, I logged 794 km on 48.15 L for a tank average of 6.06L/100km. Sweet! Compare that to my hypermiling average of 6.5L/100km for my previous two tanks, and you can see why it’s advisable to use your vehicle’s block heater during the winter to reduce fuel consumption.
I am now actively looking to get out of my Elantra and into a VW TDI. With average fuel consumption figures in the 6.0L/100km range, I am hoping to be able to dip deep down into the 5’s, if not even the high 4’s. That will be exciting!