Month of July 2022 (Nat'l Avg $4.842)

Discussion in 'The Daily Grind' started by EdwinTheMagnificent, Jul 1, 2022.

  1. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Been noting on YouTube, the increasing number of videos, that highlight traveling through the backroads of America, usually in rural states of little development. One fellow in particular, Lord Spoda, loves to stop in decreasing population towns, on highways that still pass through these regions of abandonment.
    It highly struck me, while Spoda remarked about one “town”, nearly or completely abandoned, that he said, not one vehicle had passed by on the highway in 15minutes, traveling from one town to another, on opposite sides of the abandonment. In the 1980’s, a friend & I were visiting on a weekday the North Cascades Nat’l Park, which had just opened a few days earlier in mid-Spring, after the roads had been cleared of winter mountain snows. Like Spoda, we had stopped “at a wide spot on the highway. & while we took a few pictures, we also had not seen any passing traffic on the highway within the last 15 minutes.
    The power of Spoda commentary is that these regions of abandonment, weren’t from 100+ years previous, but these areas had their heydays in the 1970’s! The abandonment of Rural America is recent. The highways are in good repair, compared to the collapsed buildings that line our present roads of America. Has America reached its poorness level that entire regions of America will NOT be accessible, just because there is no money to repair roads? Are there long regions of America that already are abandoned? I do not know. Are there places that can’t be accessed now, that are 100 miles distant from repaired roads. I’m not talking about access to mountain or hard to access regions. I’m just talking about flatlands that no longer connect populated areas with other populated areas, which used to be connected.
    I might think at some point, native tribal areas have reached such…..”lack of development”.
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  2. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Today , 66 deg F in Naperville , 70 in Elk Grove.
    Wind W8
    33.3 miles, fcd = 68.2 x .943 = 64.3 MPG.
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  3. Die2self

    Die2self Saving more by using less!

    Sad day today, misFit (my little Honda Fit) has been sold off to Carvana as my kids showed no interest in learning manual and a paid off car with 43,000 miles on it. I hope she finds a good home and even more so, a efficiency conscious owner. Farewell my friend and happy trails.
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  4. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Great lifetime MPG on the Fit, Jason. Downsizing or do you have your eyes on something else? ;) You don't have to answer.
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  5. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Always wanted a manual Fit. But, the prices were too high. That’s why we have 3 Hyundai cars.
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  6. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    A Fit is a wonderful thing.
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  7. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Today , 59 deg F in Naperville , 61 in Elk Grove.
    Wind W3.
    33.3 miles, fcd = 68.6 x .943 = 64.7 MPG.

    Filled up Thursday at Amoco in Naperville for $4.889.
    Exxon in Elk Grove was $4.559. Oh well.
    660.1 miles , fcd = 70.4 x .943 = 66.4 MPG.

    Thursday came home a slightly different way as I wanted to
    stop at a store in Wood Dale.
    33.9 miles fcd = 75.1 x .943 = 70.8 MPG.
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  8. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member

    Yeah, despite the dumb gear ratios, I probably would've bought one if prices and availability had been reasonable about the time the '14 version came out.
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  9. litesong

    litesong litesong

    The Fit isn’t spectacular technology, but it is very excellently constructed. Even when Honda introduced the Fit CVT in 2015, despite the problems with the CVT (like so many other manufacturers), Honda ironed out the problems & eventually the CVT worked well.
    Fit was geared like many other small cars, specially problematical with manual transmissions. Our manual Hyundai Accent had the same problem gearing. At a later time, when I started buying used, 8% over-sized tires, I partially solved some of the gearing. Our Accent with over-sized tires, took a step towards becoming more highway worthy. I looked at wheel clearances on Honda Fits, & was pretty sure, that over-sized tires on the Fit, would have worked, just like over-sized tires helped our Accent.
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2022
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  10. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    In 2008 , I was in the market for a new Honda. I wanted an automatic so Kelly could drive it in an emergency. This was going to be my
    first automatic car. I liked the Fit at that time but the Civic 5AT was more efficient. Efficiency won. That Civic would get up 51 MPG on the highway, ( 55-60 MPH ).

    My more recent experience with the Fit was a 2020 LX CVT. 53-54 MPG and the CVT was beautiful.

    Today 60 deg F in Naperville , 62 in Elk Grove.
    Wind NW1
    33.3 miles , fcd = 67.2 x .943 = 63.4 MPG
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  11. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Definitely a sad day Jason, I enjoyed driving our '10 1.2 Jazz/Fit and it was pretty economical. My wife's current '15 1.2 Hyundai i10 ultimately has more power and is still nearly as economical!
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  12. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Catch-up time again!


    Went to see mum on way home from work, 65°F:
    19.5 miles - 179 Wh/mi or 5.6 Mi/kWh
    2.4 miles - 188 Wh/mi or 5.3 Mi/kWh


    Collect mother-in-law to take her for a meal then to our house, 70°F. Wife dropped her off later in her car:
    3.4 miles - 173 Wh/mi or 5.8 Mi/kWh
    1.7 miles - 239 Wh/mi or 4.2 Mi/kWh
    1.3 miles - 223 Wh/mi or 4.5 Mi/kWh


    Went for a dog walk at a nature reserve, 74°F:
    9.5 miles - 154 Wh/mi or 6.5 Mi/kWh
    9.5 miles - 234 Wh/mi or 4.3 Mi/kWh

    To mother-in-law's to dig up some potatoes, 76°F:
    3.4 miles - 144 Wh/mi or 6.9 Mi/kWh
    22.37 miles added in 1'23"
    Back home:
    3.4 miles - 202 Wh/mi or 5.0 Mi/kWh


    To free charger and take dogs for a walk down the canal path, 61°F:
    2.8 miles - 139 Wh/mi or 7.2 Mi/kWh
    67.6 miles added in 1'20"
    Back home:
    2.8 miles - 206 Wh/mi or 4.9 Mi/kWh

    Needed to drop more paperwork off at solicitors but he's moved offices so had to go in Sheffield city center to a multistory parking garage, 65°F:
    18.2 miles - 192 Wh/mi or 5.2 Mi/kWh
    To a friend of my wife's new bungalow, 70°F:
    9.1 miles - 182 Wh/mi or 5.5 Mi/kWh
    13.8 miles - 169 Wh/mi or 5.9 Mi/kWh


    To a different garden center for a wander and a drink. They've installed 10 new car chargers but you have to pay and I didn't need a charge! 77°F:
    22.0 miles - 202 Wh/mi or 5.0 Mi/kWh
    21.6 miles - 139 Wh/mi or 7.2 Mi/kWh

    To free charger, 61°F:
    2.9 miles - 139 Wh/mi or 7.2 Mi/kWh
    55.70 miles added in 1'07"
    Back home:
    2.8 miles - 206 Wh/mi or 4.9 Mi/kWh


    To free charger, 61°F:
    2.9 miles - 139 Wh/mi or 7.2 Mi/kWh
    31.43 miles added in 38"
    Back home:
    2.8 miles - 206 Wh/mi or 4.9 Mi/kWh


    Another garden center trip, 63°F:
    9.0 miles - 140 Wh/mi or 7.1 Mi/kWh
    9.0 miles - 215 Wh/mi or 4.7 Mi/kWh

    Went to see mum:
    2.4 miles - 161 Wh/mi or 6.2 Mi/kWh
    2.4 miles - 246 Wh/mi or 4.1 Mi/kWh


    To Hardwick Hall for a dog walk and lunch (plus a free 7.5kW charge), 60°F:
    19.9 miles - 190 Wh/mi or 5.3 Mi/kWh
    98.08 miles added in 2'55"
    Back home via vets to collect some meds. 68°F:
    18.3 miles - 159 Wh/mi or 6.3 Mi/kWh
    1.8 miles - 266 Wh/mi or 3.8 Mi/kWh

    Grocery shopping and free 7kW charge, 69°F:
    2.0 miles - 197 Wh/mi or 5.1 Mi/kWh
    16.19 miles added in 33"
    2.4 miles - 246 Wh/mi or 4.1 Mi/kWh


    Collect mother-in-law then to a different pub for youngest daughter's 25th, 68°F:
    3.4 miles - 144 Wh/mi or 6.9 Mi/kWh
    5.3 miles - 221 Wh/mi or 4.5 Mi/kWh
    5.2 miles - 94 Wh/mi or 10.6 Mi/kWh
    3.4 miles - 231 Wh/mi or 4.3 Mi/kWh

    In the evening, took daughter to a local pub to meet her friends, 72°F:
    6.2 miles - 205 Wh/mi or 4.9 Mi/kWh - round trip


    We'd had a notice that we couldn't charge at our holiday home due to trailing cables so topped up the charge using 7.5kW home charger to 100% as we were going for 7 days and needed plenty of range for days out:
    95.17 miles added in 3'02"

    To holiday home via garden center for an early lunch, 66°F:
    101.5 miles - 195 Wh/mi or 5.1 Mi/kWh
    5.5 miles - 198 Wh/mi or 5.1 Mi/kWh

    On speaking to a fellow holiday home owner, it appears we can charge our cars after all as the manager of the site said it was a head office thing and as long as we were charging with proper cables and no extensions it was fine.
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  13. litesong

    litesong litesong

    More relative duties…….& MORE FREE charging. :):D

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