Volkswagen Passat TDI Sets Cross-Country MPG Record


passat-tdi-mileage-recordIf cars can get triple-digit fuel economy from a single gallon of fossil fuels, do we really need an alternative? That is quite the question, isn’t it? It is made all the more complicated because a couple of well-known hypermilers just set a new cross-country mpg record in a turbodiesel-powered Volkswagen Passat TDI, averaging an astounding 77.9 mpg. founder Wayne Gerdes and co-driver Bob Winger, an electrical engineer, visited all 48 contiguous U.S. states in 17 days, covering 8,122 miles on just 104.94 gallons of diesel fuel. The duo set off from Volkswagen’s Virginia headquarters and using techniques like drafting and shifting into neutral going downhill, they average almost 78 mpg.

Keep in mind this includes crossing some serious mountain ranges multiple times, including the Rockies and Adirondacks. Gerdes managed to beat his own 48-state record of 64.55 mpg, set back in 2011 with a Kia Optima Hybrid. With turbodiesels now surpassing hybrids in terms of fuel economy, are we approaching an age where burning fossil fuels is the responsible thing to do?

Source: Volkswagen


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  • Jason Carpp

    70mpgs! That’s awesome! Why aren’t we allowed such a car here in the USA? I’d love to see more diesel cars here in this country.

    • jameskatt

      The Volkswagen Passat TDI is available in the USA.
      The new Chevrolet Cruze Diesel should beat the Passat’s MPG record with the same techniques since it has a higher highway MPG rating and is a smaller car.

      • Jason Carpp

        That’s awesome! I’d buy a diesel car if I was in the market to buy one. My current car, a Toyota Corolla, gets 35mpgs, which isn’t horrible, I can go for a week before I need to fill up on gasoline. That being said, the further one can go before one needs to refill the tank, the better. To go for at least a month before refilling, that’d be even better.

      • pedro

        the only problem is that it’s a Chevy

    • Dennis

      The Passat in made in the US!!

  • UncleB

    Funny how just a decade or so ago, Diesel cheaper to refine, and additive free was about half the price of gasoline??? America you are so taking a screwing!

  • Jason Carpp

    We’d be burning fossil fuels no matter what we drive, gasoline or diesel. If we can find a way to travel across the country without burning fossil, I would think that’d be better for the environment.

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