As confirmed by the Guinness Book of World Records, the Kia Optima hybrid has established the record for the lowest fuel consumption in a hybrid gasoline engine car. The record was set by the tandem of Wayne Gerdes and Chris Bernius as they drove around all forty-eight states of the Union in a Kia Optima Hybrid.
The duo drove the Kia Optima Hybrid for fourteen days at an average of 564 miles per day. The vehicle required only 5.5 tanks of gas to complete the route. This counts up to 1,418 miles per full tank of gas for the 7,899-mile journey. The average fuel consumption for the vehicle is 64.55 mpg, which is over 61% lower than the figure set by the Environmental Protection Agency for standard mileage for a car in the United States.
The previous record was at 52.27 mpg and the Kia Optima Hybrid beat the record by 23 percent to earn the title of “Lowest fuel consumption driving through all 48 contiguous U.S. states in a gasoline hybrid car.”
The Kia Optima Hybrid is a front engine front wheel drive five-passenger four-door sedan. It is powered by a dual overhead cam sixteen valve Atkinson cycle 2.4-liter inline-4 able to produce 166 horsepower for the gas engine producing 154 pounds per foot of torque. The electric motor is an AC permanent magnet synchronous electric motor with a combined power rating of 206 horsepower producing 195 pounds per foot torque with a 1.4 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack.
The transmission for the vehicle is a six speed automatic with a manual-shifting mode. The car is able to run from zero to sixty mph in 9.2 seconds with a top speed of 123 mph still at governor limited. The EPA rating for fuel economy on city or highway driving is between 35 to 40 mpg.
This is truly one of the reasons why alternative fuel cars would solve the global oil crisis.