Last Tuesday I interviewed for a position at an Eaton facility in Fayetteville, NC. Among other things, they make motor control centers and specialized power management equipment for Applied Materials and Trane. The job duties would include managing new product development projects and responsibility for industrializing the various new designs.
Today I got the job offer which includes a generous relocation package. I have decided to accept.
Fayetteville is mostly known as the home of Ft. Bragg. But it is also
known for it's high crime rate and abysmal public schools. As such, we
have been looking for a home near Raleigh. We found a couple of great
residential communities with great public schools in Clayton, NC which
is 25 miles or so SE of Raleigh. Depending on where we decide to buy a
house, my commute would be between 60 - 65 miles each way, about 95%
highway miles on I-40 and I-95. The good news is that I would be
driving opposite of rush hour traffic so the drive would take 60-75
minutes depending on speed. The speed limit on the interstates is 65-
70. My current commute takes 50 minutes so no big deal for me.
The VX is perfectly suited to such a drive. My last tank was 75 MPG in 50/50 city/hwy driving. On the highway portion of my current commute I am getting 76+ MPG at 55 MPH. If I can get away with 55 MPH on I-40 and I-95, I should be able to get mid 70's mpg year round. Possibly more with aero mods.