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Hyper Milers

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What make one a hypermiler?
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Some call it hypermiling if you beat EPA figures by a certain percentage. I call it hypermiling when I'm trying to get good mileage in spite of the results. Sometimes rain, cold, or snow conspire to lower mileage in spite of any effort made to achieve hypermile class results. I still call that hypermiling even if the resulting mileage is not that great.

My Vette will beat EPA doing 70mph with the AC on. I do not call that hypermiling even though the numbers are in the hypermile range.

It is about the effort not the results.
So it would seem that there are several types of hypermiler.
Hard core:
LMPG is way over EPA, and each trip is maximized to keep the LMPG as high as possible, will avoid driving the car when max MPG will not be possible.
LMPG is not considered. Knows how to maximize the MPG for individual trips or tanks, and usually will favor MPG maximizing techniques.
Will occasionally drive for maximum MPG, but tends to drive with the flow to show that the car is not a wimp.
I started out as a mild hypermiler, mostly just experimenting for fun.

As time went on I became more and more serious (and more and more of a nuisance in traffic) becoming an average and eventually an extreme hypermiler.

Being an extreme hypermiler actually wasted gas because I'd refuse to drive my hybrid in conditions that would yield poor results.

After hitting 80+ mpg for 1005 commuting miles in my gen 1 HCH I felt like I'd done my share of extreme hypermiling.

Since hitting that peak I've back off and now drive "traffic friendly" while still attempting to get the best mileage possible, within reason...
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