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To recognize those members who have proven the Cruze is capable of far exceeding the official government estimates for fuel economy and range, we have developed two Hyper Cruzer badges. The first badge should be obtainable by simply learning to drive efficiently. The second badge is aimed at those members who are serious hypermilers and will involve some risk of running out of gas if you're not careful. To get the silver badge, you need to provide evidence, usually in the form of a picture, showing that you have exceeded the single tank published range for your model Cruze by at least 10%. The gold hyper miler badge requires exceeding the single tank published range by 20%. If you prefer to not risk running out of gas you can also earn these badges by providing evidence of 5 consecutive fill-ups of a minimum of 8 US gallons (30 liters) with either each having an average fuel economy listed or the total fuel economy above the listed value for the silver or gold economy column.

DISCLAIMER: These numbers are doable, but not easily. If you run out of gas trying to do this, it's your own fault, not that of CruzeTalk, AutoGuide, or anyone else. It takes planning and some luck to achieve this type of range. The gold level requires medium to serious hypermiling techniques. Be careful out there and be considerate of drivers around you. Finally, pay attention to your low fuel warning lights and fill up. You can always try again. If you run out of gas I do have a HyperFailure badge you can add to your signature block. You have to request it however.

Year/ModelHighway/Ultra-UrbanSilver RangeSilver EconomyGold RangeGold Economy
2009-2010
2011
US (Canada) LS AT35 (6.7)540 (870)38.5 (6.1)590 (950)42.0 (5.6)
US (Canada) LS MT, LT, LTZ36 (6.5)550 (890)39.6 (5.9)600 (970)43.2 (5.4)
US (Canada) ECO AT37 (6.4)570 (920)40.7 (5.8)620 (1,000)44.4 (5.3)
US (Canada) ECO MT*42 (5.6)620 (1,000)46.2 (5.1)680 (1,090)50.4 (4.7)
ECO MT Modified Fuel Pump42 (5.6)650 (1,040)46.2 (5.1)710 (1,140)50.4 (4.7)
2012-2016 Limited (CTD is 2014-2015)
US (Canada) LS AT35 (6.7)540 (870)38.5 (6.1)590 (950)42.0 (5.6)
US (Canada) L, LS MT36 (6.5)550 (890)39.6 (5.9)600 (970)43.2 (5.4)
US (Canada) LT, LTZ38 (6.2)590 (940)41.8 (5.6)640 (1,030)45.6 (5.2)
US (Canada) ECO AT39 (6.0)600 (970)42.9 (5.5)660 (1,050)46.9 (5.0)
US (Canada) ECO MT*42 (5.6)620 (1,000)46.2 (5.1)680 (1,090)50.4 (4.7)
ECO MT Modified Fuel Pump42 (5.6)650 (1,040)46.2 (5.1)710 (1,140)50.4 (4.7)
US (Canada) ECO Clean Turbo Diesel46 (5.1)700 (1,140)50.6 (4.6)775 (1,240)55.2 (4.3)
US (Canada) ECO CTD 18 Gallon Tank46 (5.1)835 (1,340)50.6 (4.6)910 (1,470)55.2 (4.3)
2016 (Gen 2)
US (Canada) LS AT, LS MT, LT MT41 (5.7)560 (900)44.4 (5.3)610 (980)48.4 (4.9)
US (Canada) LT AT42 (5.6)575 (920)46.4 (5.1)625 (1,000)50.4 (4.7)
US (Canada) Premier40 (6.2)550 (885)42.3 (5.6)600 (965)46.4 (5.1)

As members report their ranges, model years, trims, and transmissions I will update this table for non-US (Canada) Cruze. The next post describes the methodology used and also how we're going to handle non-EPA tested trims.
 

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With the exception of the US (Canada) Cruze ECO MT we are assuming a 14 US gallons (55 litres) usable in the tank. This gives all Cruze trims a minimum of 55 US miles (90 kilometers) in reserve for the range. The range must be actual when you pull in to fill up. The US (Canada) Cruze ECO MT has an artificial limit of 12.6 gallons. It is relatively easy to get this tank to 13.5 gallons but gets progressively harder to reach 14 gallons. Thus the range numbers are slightly lower but the overall fuel economy numbers are the same. Excessively overfilling your tank above 15.6 gallons (59 liters) may shorten the life of your car's fuel system. When we see this we will be falling back on the computed MPG values to determine whether or not to award these badges. Questionable awards will be discussed by the site staff and VIP members before awarding them.

So far, we only have the numbers for the US/Canada Cruze computed. We are using the US EPA numbers since they are far more realistic for most drivers. The chart in the first post shows both US Miles and Kilometers, rounded to the nearest 10. The range numbers for the US/Canada Cruze are in US Miles (Kilometers). The fuel economy numbers are US MPG and L/100KM. I have researched the differences between the EPA and the rest of the world appears that the EPA runs about 10% low vs. the European Union, which is the basis for all fuel economy estimates in the rest of the world. As such, the silver badge will be earned for meeting the official Ultra-Urban fuel economy for the country estimates for 5 tanks or the computed range for 55 liters. The gold badge will be computed at 10% over those numbers.

All calculations for the US (Canada) Cruze trims were done in US Miles and Gallons and then rounded. Canadian (metric) numbers are shown in parenthesis and are rounded from the raw, prerounded mileage. As a result, the 1.8 Automatic and the 2012 and later 1.4T automatic have the same rounded range of 590 miles but the rounded range in kilometers is different. The 1.8 rounds down to 590 and the 2012 1.4T automatics round up to 590. Both are within five miles of 590. The formulas used are below. I was originally going to round to the nearest 25 miles but discovered it wasn't granular enough, generating the same numbers for different base MPGs. The MPG numbers are direct computations of the EPA highway number - 10% for the first level and 20% for the second level.

Special Note for the ECO MT:

While developing these badges we discovered that it is relatively easy to get 13.5 gallons into the ECO MT's marketing limited gas tank, but it starts getting progressively harder above this level. Thus there are two sets of numbers for the ECO MT. The first set, US (Canada) ECO MT* assume a 13.5 gallon tank. The second set, ECO MT Modified Fuel Pump, uses 14 gallons. Some of you have increased your tank capacity so we gave you a set of numbers just for you.

Special Note for the CTD:

Since we developed these it has become apparent that the CTD is capable of holding over 17 gallons for fuel. For the CTD we will be using range and average fuel economy as a result. See the note above in red about this.

For non-US/Canada Cruze trims, I will use 55 litres for the tank size. This leaves 5 litres in reserve. The formulas I used in Excel are as follows:

Silver Range MPG: =Round(MPG * 14 * 1.1, -1)
Gold Range MPG: =Round(MPG * 14 * 1.2, -1)

Silver MPG: =Round(MPG * 1.1, 1)
Gold MPG: =Round(MPG * 1.2, 1)

Silver Range KM: =Round(MPG * 14 * 1.1 * 1.609344, -1)
Gold Range KM: =Round(MPG * 14 * 1.2 * 1.609344, -1)

L/100KM: =Round(378.5411784/1.609344/MPG, 1)
Silver L/100KM: =Round(378.5411784/1.609344/(MPG * 1.1), 1)
Gold L/100KM: =Round(378.5411784/1.609344/(MPG * 1.2), 1)

For the US (Canada) Cruze, MPG numbers are the highway number reported by the EPA at www.fueleconomy.gov.

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To see how these badges were designed and the criteria developed, start at http://www.cruzetalk.com/forum/27-fuel-economy/16826-i-have-idea-new-badge.html and then continue to http://www.cruzetalk.com/forum/27-fuel-economy/19097-hypercruzers.html. There are 400+ posts between these two threads.
 

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I will be going through the site looking for people who have met the above criteria and awarding them with badges. If you don't see a badge show up in the next few days please post your evidence in this thread.

OK - I've been through all the high tank mileage threads I'm aware of and assigned members to HyperCruzer Silver and HyperCruzer Gold groups.
 

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Are Fuelly postings adequate or do you want pictures of the DIC?
 

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As long as I can access your fuelly, ecomodder, or fueleconomy.gov fill up history they will work. I actually figured this would be the easiest way to check for the 5 fill up average.
 

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When the construction co. Completes these roads here I might just be able to gather those numbers . Too many construction zones at the present time . I know I can bust the Gov,s posted numbers . Cool ....................
 

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As long as I can access your fuelly, ecomodder, or fueleconomy.gov fill up history they will work. I actually figured this would be the easiest way to check for the 5 fill up average.
If I'm not mistaken, you input the data yourself on each fill up with fuelly correct? If so we cant use it as a basis on determining badges, since anyone can simply make up a mileage that meets the mark and report their account to you for the badge. I'm not calling everyone out there with a fuelly account a liar, but I think that for a badge, photographic proof of the DIC and the receipt should be provided. Seeing as just the DIC of the MPG's and total range on the trip doesn't show gallons used since trip reset.
 

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He mentioned in his OP this

To get the silver badge, you need to provide evidence, usually in the form of a picture, showing that you have exceeded the published range for your model Cruze by at least 10%. The gold hyper miler badge requires exceeding the published range by 20%.
We heavily discussed this and came down to the conclusion that a picture of the DIC and gas receipt are necessary. Correct me if i am wrong Mike.
 

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Danny, I believe for the range number you are correct.

Just for everyone's information. We discussed this program nearly to death, including questions about why we just don't pick a single range, which if you look at the initial chart you will see is impossible. We also discussed the amount of fuel we were going to assume you're using. I originally assumed the full 15.6 gallon tank and that was pointed out that the risk of running out of gas is very high doing this. Another discussion we had was how to handle non EPA tested Cruze which lead to several hours of web searching on how various countries do their testing.

For the multi-tank option, fuelly.com, ecomodder.com, and fueleconomy.gov accounts will work, but the fill ups can't be the five most recent. You need to have at least three fill ups of 8 gallons past them. This is to reduce the chance of an erroneous entry on your account throwing your actual fuel economy calculations off. You can also post the pictures of the main odometer and fuel receipts from any five consecutive fill ups.
 

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So cool to see the badges put to use, I'll have to give this a shot once I have a long freeway trip planned!
 

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So cool to see the badges put to use, I'll have to give this a shot once I have a long freeway trip planned!
Iroc, thanks for making the badges. I'm holding Blue Angel's special badge in reserve.
 

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Thanks for the clarification. I'll do my best to earn my badge...:)
 
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Iroc, thanks for making the badges. I'm holding Blue Angel's special badge in reserve.
Hahaha I'll probably end up with that one as well, might only be getting a HYPERCRUZER if we had bronze :p
 

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Brian, for city driving this looks good. However, we chose specifically to not include city driving because what I have in Denver isn't the same as San Francisco or Boston. City traffic patterns vary so much it would be impossible to figure out.
 

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If I am getting better than government posted mpg city , and only drive city for my specific purposes , Hypermiling those allotted miles regardless of the city and traffic patterns . There would be a mathematical equation that stipulates my fuel economy . And this is my beginning post for Documentation purposes .
 
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