Washington, D.C. – A team of drivers trained in maximum-mileage techniques coaxed 1,445.7 miles (2,326 km) out of a single tank of fuel in a 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid. The vehicle, a non-modified production model, averaged 81.5 mpgUS (2.8 L/100 km) during the event.

The Fusion Hybrid 1,000-Mile Challenge started on Saturday, April 25 in Mount Vernon, Virginia, and ended April 28 at 5:37 a.m. in Washington, D.C. The Fusion depleted its tank after more than 69 hours of continuous driving, setting a world record for a gasoline-powered midsize sedan. The car’s official estimated range is approximately 700 miles (1,126 km) per tank.

The challenge team, which included NASCAR driver Carl Edwards, high mileage trailblazer Wayne Gerdes, and several Ford Motor Company engineers, raised more than US$8,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

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