Modifying Vehicles to Improve Fuel Economy
Vehicle fuel cost and corresponding consumption is a continuing issue for private companies, not for profit agencies and government entities. In addition to learning about government reports on vehicle mileage averages (which can be researched here), there is an interesting site called EcoModder that provides a wealth of information on improving fuel economy.
According to their website, this group is “an automotive community where performance is judged by fuel economy rather than power and speed. EcoModders employ a combination of vehicle mods, driving techniques, and common sense to squeeze every penny out of the pumps.”
It makes sense to build vehicles that are not designed so much for appearance but instead aerodynamically superior and sometimes modified to help improve mileage. Many of the super high-mileage vehicles illustrated on this website achieved their high mileage by external modifications to the vehicle to lessen drag and wind resistance.
EcoModder also sells fuel usage gauges to help drivers better understand how fuel economy is governed also by driving behavior. We endorse use of these devices to help drivers learn how to minimize fuel use by different driving techniques – such as gradual and sustained acceleration coupled with coasting and similar eco-friendly driving techniques.
EcoFleet supports the government’s directives to increase fuel economy and lessen carbon emissions by using alternative fuels and technologies. Fleets can and are finding increased fuel savings by modifying existing vehicles to lower fuel costs and stay within budges. We like this approach from the folks at EcoModder.