VW Golf crosses 48 US states on less than $300 worth of fuel
Hot on the heels of Honda's hypermiling efforts in Europe, Volkswagen has traversed the lower 48 American states in a Golf TDI, using just 101.43 gallons of diesel along the way.
The Golf's miserly fuel use across the 8,233.5 mile (13,250.53 km) journey equated to 81.17 mpg (2.9 l/100km), topping the figure of 77.99 mpg it set using a Passat on the same route. Over the course of the 16 day journey, fuel costs were just $294.98.
As well as managing to beat VW's own record, the Golf's trip gave it the (slightly contrived) Guinness World Record for lowest fuel consumption across the 48 contiguous US States for a non-hybrid car.
As per the rules outlined by Guinness, the record-setting car is unmodified from the standard Golf, although VW undoubtedly spent time optimizing its tire pressures and wheel alignment to eke out every last mile per gallon. As you'd expect, drivers Wayne Gerdes and Bob Winger also used hypermiling techniques like smooth acceleration and braking.
Honda and Volkswagen aren't the only ones to attempt a long-distance fuel consumption test. The RAC and Audi recently undertook a test to see how far they could get on the one tank of fuel – in the end, the 28 hour journey took them across 14 different European countries.
Check out driver Wayne Gerdes explaining his fuel-saving tips below.
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An interesting comparison would be how much it would cost to get across 48 states in an electric car!
don't forget about the cost of a rental car when you get there
These are questions you must consider to keep the car manufacturers from ripping you off.
The only true EV is a Tesla BEV. It can't be justified economically, yet. I will evaluate the new model III selling for $35K if it goes on sale.