Making A
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AGENDA

WeDrive65 has no hidden agenda. It is only about saving gas and doing what is best for individuals, companies, local and state governments, nations and the environment.

The idea of WeDrive65 is not politically motivated, nor is it an attempt to lure consumers to a particular product or service. However, the support of every political party, every respected leader and every company would be welcomed and appropriate.

WHY WeDrive65 BEGAN

WeDrive65 was conceived by a Silicon Valley Executive about the time gas prices approached $4.50 per gallon and oil reached $147.00 per barrel.

Like most Bay Area commuters, this executive's company vehicles were still motoring along with the flow at freeway speeds of 75-80 mph, coupled with other conventional driving patterns.

The executive knew that some level of improved fuel economy could be realized by changing driving patterns. He just didn’t know how much improvement.

Using cruise control, limiting maximum freeway speed to 55-65 mph, and less aggressive acceleration and braking were among the potential changes.

THE TEST

The curious executive was first to test the theory. To his amazement, here's what he discovered:

  • A 380 hp V8 does not stall out at freeway speeds of under 75-80 mph
  • Life does not end when one is passed on the freeway
  • Even though the advertised 367 lb-ft of torque (force) could propel him from 0-60 mph in 5.4 seconds, it could also achieve 0-60 in 15 seconds (albeit, without the rush of 2g’s pressing bodies against soft leather seats)
  • Coasting (in gear) to a stop in lieu of a powerful reliance on four-wheel ventilated power-assisted disc brakes drew praise from an adoring wife. She may not need that neck brace after all
  • Unaware of the test, passengers kept asking, “Why are you driving so slowly, did you see the police?”
  • The vast majority of vehicles in the Bay Area greatly exceed 65 mph on the freeway
  • It takes approximately 5 minutes longer to cover a typical 35 mile commute
  • Even with all that horsepower, his fuel efficiency improved from 23 to 28 mpg, with a single tank range increasing from roughly 500 to over 600 miles. (The test vehicle has a 17 mpg city , 24 mpg highway epa rating, and an epa highway range of 530 miles!)

COMPANY WIDE RESULTS

At $4.50 per gal, the cost to fuel the company's fleet had been projected to reach $1,000,000 per year, or 1% of annual sales. Unlike paying for labor, materials or office supplies, vehicle fuel contributed little to completed construction projects. Reducing this expenditure was the initial motivator.

After the company fleet of 140 plus vehicles adopted the WeDrive65 strategies, remarkable things started to happen. Not only did fuel economy dramatically improve, but drivers started to challenge themselves and each other to see how high they could get their mpg and how many more miles they could get from each tank of gas. One driver actually achieved a 50% improvement, increasing his range from 400 to 600 miles per tank. Suddenly, more than just one employee was making a difference. Clearly the savings depend on how aggressively the individual had been driving compared to the individual’s new commitment to the driving tips of WeDrive65.

HOW RESULTS ARE VERIFIED

All fuel purchases are made though a (single) vendor’s charge card. The vendor’s cards can be used at nearly all gas stations that accept credit cards. Information on each transaction includes gallons purchased and a corresponding odometer reading. Odometer readings are verified at each (5000 mile) service. Analysis of each transaction, including monthly and year to date summaries, reveals patterns and performance. When drivers become aware, their accountability and behavior changes.

The new awareness has motivated many employees to change their own - off the job driving patterns. Then their families use the switch. Yet, more making a difference. It just grows from there!

DREAM BIG!!

The WeDrive65 campaign worked so well for the company, the executive began to envision possible benefits to the nation should everyone "use the switch" and put into practice this simple program. Wouldn't that make a difference! (If you are going to dream, dream big.)

To share information with other companies about improving fuel economy and the likely benefits, a full page ad was placed in the local business journal.

Based on a favorable response WeDrive65 soon took on a new direction as a section 501(c)(3) Public Benefit - Non Profit corporation. (IRS status pending)

The ultimate impact that WeDrive65 will make depends on the exposure and support it receives. For more information on implementing WeDrive65 in your organization or as an individual, or if you would like to assist this public benefit organization, contact us at info@wedrive65.org.