View Full Version : OT: Sweden Teaches Hypermiling

08-16-2008, 03:56 AM
Don't Drive like a Meatball:

From the country that brought us pickled herring (http://blog.wired.com/cars/2008/08/swedish-keep-bi.html), particleboard furniture and the funniest Muppet comes the latest advance in eco-driving: compulsory driver's ed courses in hypermiling.

The eco-friendlier driving classes arise from a conundrum familiar to some Americans: Swedes want to be green, but they also love their turbocharged Saabs and full-size Volvos. While Swedish cars aren't especially large to those of us in the land of Town Cars and Escalades, they're gargantuan gas-guzzlers by European standards. That created a problem when members of the European Union agreed to significantly lower carbon emissions, so the wily and unpronounceable Naturvårdsverket (Sweden's EPA) decreed that all new drivers learn how to maximize fuel economy.