To complete the hypermilling challenge, Gerdes drove the Sonata Hybrid from San Diego, CA all the way to the other side of the country to Jekyll Island, Georgia a trip that was almost 2,300 miles. Gerdes managed to only stop for gas once, 1,200 miles into the trip. After fueling up he managed to complete the trip to Georgia with 2.5 gallons of gas still in the tank. In total he used a total of 38 gallons of gas and averaged 60 mpg. Hyundai claims that the Sonata is capable of traveling up to 700 miles on a single tank.
“As a fan of fuel-efficient vehicles, I enjoy the challenge of putting new technology to the test,” said Gerdes after finishing the 2,300 mile trip. “This demonstration shows how the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid can deliver extremely impressive fuel economy and range for drivers who value fuel savings. This is the first time I’ve driven a car that ‘does it right!'”
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