Hypermiling – Pisses me off


Today on the drive home, I was behind a Prius who was hypermiling. In case you are unaware, there is a phenomenon in the hybrid car world of people who work to minimize their fuel consumption. The cars’ onboard computer very accurately tracks fuel consumption, and they challenge themselves to keep the MPG as high as possible.

To do this, they very slowly accelerate from a stop light, and brake far from a red light to use the regenerative braking (converts kinetic energy into electricity and stores it in the batteries). It is really annoying to be behind one of these buttholes when they are doing this.  We have ~ 1 mile between stop lights and these a-holes don’t even get to the 45mph speed limit before they slow for the next light (they seem to always have to stop). How boring.

I drive a sports car. I like to accelerate hard through the gears, and to brake hard when I have to stop at a light. I like to go fast around corners, to start wide, kiss the apex, and drift back out. I know that I burn more gas than a hybrid, and I just don’t give a crap.

I don’t ever see myself buying a hybrid, and trying to minimize gas consumption. I understand people who do that.  But I would rather sell my car and take public transit than have the mindset of a typical hybrid driver.

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