5 eco-car range hacks
Hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles are already known for their outstanding fuel economy, but there's always room for improvement.
A small change in driving habits can turn these already efficient vehicles into performance superstars. Of course, many of the same tips for saving gas on conventional vehicles also apply to cars and trucks that are primarily battery-powered.
"The laws of physics prevail over all these vehicles, and how energy is used and dissipated has more similarities than differences among the various vehicle types," says John Thomas, a fuel and engines research staff member at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
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High speeds, hard driving and hard braking will decrease fuel economy in any vehicle, Thomas says.
But hybrids, plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) and electric vehicles (EVs) can be more sensitive to driving style than conventional vehicles, says Dan Edmunds, director of vehicle testing at auto website Edmunds.com.
With some care, though, it's fairly easy to squeeze more miles out of your eco-friendly ride. Using FuelEconomy.gov's gas-saving tips, here are five ways to drive farther and perhaps save a bit of money.