That is obviously not the logical way to determine the efficiency of Volting. It contains a huge assumption that could be so easily eliminated by simply driving off the accumulated charge and capturing the actual miles.Or try this anytime:
Travel in Mountain mode - look at your mpg on your trip (usually 20-24 mpg) and what ever it is; times it by 2 than that's you mileage.
The reason this works is because you just stored energy in your battery to travel the same distance you just drove.
This suggestion is almost as rich as the OP. I figure I have 1,560 Saturdays left in my lifetime. I don't think I am going to waste one of them driving 400 miles to get nowhere and maybe prove a slight edge in efficiency of one method over the other. In the process, burning so much gas that I will never make it back up using the more efficient method henceforth. You, sir, must have very little to do with your time.Good grief. Just pick a nice Saturday, drain the battery on Friday, plot out a nice long country drive (150-200 miles) that gets you back to the starting point and lets you spend the vast majority of the time on cruise control, and do it twice, once each method. Record gas consumption for both trips. If there's a big temperature swing that day, do it again the next day reversing the order of method. All you're REALLY needing to measure is overall fuel consumption. Fuel burned, miles traveled, that's it.
I don't look at my speedo "almost constantly," especially when cruise control is engaged. Looking through the windshield and mirrors is what I do almost constantly. I'm not suggesting that volting is more of a distraction than other things that compete for a driver's attention like the phone, nav system, entertainment system, climate control, conversation with passengers, etc. Just that we do not need to find more things to add to that list. Drivers on average are already too distracted IMO.OK- I'm going to differ with you on that observation, I just can't see a problem looking at the dash every 15-20 minutes, its no different than looking at your speedometer which you should be doing almost constantly. I feel if the designers didn't want you looking at the dash gauges they would have deleted them.