Mad Max hypermiler hacks 2-ton truck & doubles fuel economy

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Bakari Kafele runs his hauling business out of his truck, but the 1983 full-sized pickup (with 8 cylinder diesel engine) weights 2 and a half tons and has an average fuel economy of 15 miles per gallon.

Bothered by the effects on the air and his wallet, Kafele decided to hack his rig for hypermiling. He pulled out his alternator and power steering and began to replace all of his engine accessories with manual or electric options.

He added a charger and now plugs in at night to charge his electric components. He also added a 15 watt solar panel that he leaves on his dashboard (though has since been moved to the car's roof) that will fully charge his accessories when parked long enough.

He added chloroplast corrugated plastic panels over the wheels and the hood and under the car to improve aerodynamics.

He also changed how he drives, using some traditional hypermiling techniques like pulse and glide and auto-stop. So he began looking ahead a lot more and killing the engine way ahead of a red lights or when driving downhill.

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