Greetings. Just found this forum a couple days ago when someone posted a link on a Suzuki Swift site.
I've been interested in alternative energy and energy efficiency for many years. My home is off grid powered by photovoltaic modules and a battery/inverter system. Since I was old enough to drive, motorcycles and scooters have been my main mode of transport. 4 wheels are necessary in the ice and snow of Central Oregon during the winter so I bought a Suzuki Swift to replace my sick Toyota Pickup. My most efficient commute vehicle is a gas engine powered bicycle that gets about 120 mpg.
Anyway my Swift seems to get about 50 mpg on the highway and 40 mpg around town. I'm going through the articles and posts looking for ways to improve the mileage.
Welcome, QDM. I wonder if that link you saw was at teamswift.net. I might be the culprit (geometro).
Solar eh? Congrats on the off-grid. I just added to my solar collection recently, but I'm just a hobbyist compared to you. I got a 55W panel to add to a 15w panel I've had for a while. Mostly for the sailboat, but also to play with the car and other battery powered ideas.
I used to have a gas powered bicycle too. Crazy machine. It was my only vehicle when I lived in the Cayman Islands for a few months a few years ago.
Matt, the powered bike is a $99 Walmart cruiser bike with a $150 Chinese engine kit. I've built about 10 of them for friends. Top speed is about 30 mph and they only weight about 60 lbs. Here's a pic of the one I made for my daughter.
SVOboy, the car is a 93 SOHC 1.3L 4cyl Swift hatchback. I wanted a 3 cylinder Metro XFI but got a good deal on this one since it needed some work, a transmission bearing.
MetroMPG, yes it was probably the link you posted on the teamswift site. I've been off the grid for about 18 years now and never looked back.