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Originally Posted by Phoenix
I respectfully disagree...
In cool weather, my classic Prius consistently gets 50+ mpg in city driving (approximately 35 minute commute at 40-45 mph, with traffic lights every half mile) using full throttle starts up to 30-35 mph, and then cruise control exclusively. I usually get 51-53 mph, with an elusive best 56.5 mph on one fill-up last year.
When using throttle only, mid- to high-40's is the best I can do. At least with the older Prius models, the computer (via cruise control) is better at optimizing fuel economy than my right foot.
Originally Posted by DanMan32
I don't find the CC that agressive. I find that it provides the most efficient acceleration rate.
|However, its goal is to maintain a constant speed. In hilly environments, this is not the most efficient way to drive. Instead, one should slow down naturally losing kinetic momentum to potential energy when going up hills, and gain speed converting potential energy to kinetic energy. This is just how a rollercoaster works. If you'll notice, a rollercoaster only gets its energy once: at the beginning of the ride. The rollercoaster slows down at the tops of hills, and speeds up tremendously when it approaches ground level.|
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