The current high price of oil, combined with an economic recession that is making life hard for the average consumer around the world, has sparked renewed interest in electric and hybrid vehicles. Hardly a day goes by without hearing about one or other manufacturer introducing a new model, or improving an existing one.
The latest development on this front is Kia, setting a new Guinness World Record for fuel consumption. The company's petrol/electric hybrid proved to be the most frugal of them all in a recent controlled test conducted in the United States of America.
Chris Bernius and Wayne Gerdes drove through all 48 adjoining U.S. states in their Kia Optima Hybrid. They covered a distance of 7,899 miles in the process and managed an average fuel consumption of 64.55 miles per gallon - 61.37 higher than the car's official EPA figure.
They completed their journey in 14 days, which means they drove an average of 564 miles every singe day. The Optima Hybrid used only a miserly 5.5 tanks of petrol to complete the whole distance, giving them an average of 1,418 miles on every single tank of petrol.
As things go, the official title of their record is a quite lengthy "Lowest fuel consumption driving through all 48 contiguous US states in a gasoline hybrid car."
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