So, we figured everyone would want to know the final tally on fuel efficiency, fuel cost per mile and total miles driven for the Hummer Trek. So here goes.
Including the trip back home from New York, for us that means Pittsburgh, we logged 3917 miles.
Total fuel expenditures were: $507
Total fuel efficiency: Just below 13 miles per gge
Total cost per mile: 12.9 cents
Estimated cost per Gallon Gasoline Equivalent: $1.68
The final number increased a bit from the trip average as cost of fueling in Staten Island was a bit high and fuel efficiency deteriorated somewhat coming westward due to high winds and the mountainous terrain. Of course, we had headwinds going east through Midland that were unexpected, but fuel costs in the west were much lower; as low as $.99/gallon in Oklahoma City.
Nevertheless, fuel costs for this trip were staggeringly low; enough so that if natural gas was the fuel of choice for Americans and American commerce, the debate raging now about whether to measure consumer inflation by “core” number (excluding food and energy) or actual inflation (inclusive of both) would be a mute point.
Period to period savings in fuel costs, presuming full conversion to natural gas fuel, would be a “help” to inflation that would offset substantially increases in other commodity costs.
NGV’s. Cleaner, Cheaper, A Lot More Fun and an inflation hedge soon (hopefully, with some political leadership) available to ALL.