Hypermiling is a new kind of motor-sport. Instead of focusing on speed, hypermilers see just how much gas mileage they can squeeze out of their vehicles. Hypermiling can be as much fun as other motor-sports and Ford has unveiled new technology aimed at getting more consumers in on the fun. The 2010 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan hybrids will feature a “Smart Gauge” dedicated to coaching gas saving driving techniques.
The Smart Gauge will have four different modes, which provide different levels of information and driving tips. Beginning hypermilers will start with “Journey” mode, and eventually move up to “Empower.” The Fusion and Milan will also feature an LCD screen next to the speedometer which will show bright green leaves to give drivers a general idea of how fuel efficient their driving is. The more leaves you see, the better your gas mileage will be, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The hybrid Fusion and Milan twins will make a good starting point for drivers who want to maximize their mileage. Ford says the hybrids will be able to go more than 700 city miles on a single tank of gas and travel at up to 47 mph on electric power alone.
The Mercury Milan will feature Ford’s Smart Gauge.