Published on July 18th, 2011 | by Andrew Meggison
A GPS System with the EV Driver in Mind
GPS systems have come a long way. “3D” views, slim systems, traffic alerts, blue tooth, and voice commands—what is next? The answer is Pioneer’s AVIC-ZHO9-MEV.
This new Pioneer system is made specifically for the plug in vehicle owner and especially for those drivers who enjoy the practice of hypermiling. Hypermiling is the practice of driving in such a manner to maximize fuel economy. Techniques of hypermiling include reducing drag, maintaining optimal speeds, and various acceleration and braking techniques. The current record for most miles achieved out a single tank of gas while practicing hypermiling methods was done by a 2006 Honda Insight with 2,254 miles from the Insight’s 13.7 US gallon gas tank. That is an average of 164.53 miles per gallon–not too shabby.
Maybe that record can be broken with the help of the AVIC-ZHO9-MEV. The new device has features that estimate the vehicles remaining battery charge and levels of power consumption to adjust planned routes accordingly. The system will direct drivers around steep inclines that eat up juice and towards steep declines so energy can be recaptured from breaking. The unit will also shy away from high speed interstates.
All other aspects of a navigation system are present as well as some nice luxury features. These feature include DVD play back, receivers to pick up digital TV signals, radio signals, and MP3 play back. Plus, the system boasts a seven inch display screen. The unit will be available in Japan in late July and will cost around $3,060 U.S. Dollars (at current exchange rates) or 246,750 Yen. There is no word on when or if the system will be available in the States.
Not only is this a useful and fun system to have in your EV, it is also a positive indication of how EV’s are influencing the market and third party developers. (Too bad it costs so damn much. – Ed.)
Andrew Meggison was born in the state of Maine and educated in Massachusetts. Andrew earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and International Relations from Clark University and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Northeastern University. Being an Eagle Scout, Andrew has a passion for all things environmental. In his free time Andrew enjoys writing, exploring the great outdoors, a good film, and a creative cocktail.