Hypermiling: New Oxford American Dictionary Word of the Year

Posted By on November 10, 2008

Hypermiling vehiclesThe New Oxford American Dictionary has a new official Word of the Year: hypermiling.  “Hypermiling” or “to hypermile” is to attempt to maximize gas mileage by making fuel-conserving adjustments to one’s car and one’s driving techniques. Rather than aiming for good mileage or even great mileage, hypermilers seek to push their gas tanks to the limit and achieve hypermileage, exceeding EPA ratings for miles per gallon.

Just a side note, at out TDIFest OH8 this past Labor Day we had Wayne Gerdes speak at our gathering about hypermiling and some of the techniques he has used over the years; he is known as the “father” of hypermiling.

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