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MapMPG – How Far will a Gallon of Gas Take You?

October 31, 2008 · · Filed Under Automotive Industry, Do-It-Yourself, Eco-Driving, Science 

How far you can travel on a gallon of gas? What if you improved your mileage by 20%? What if you bought a new car – how does that compare to your existing car? This isn’t hard to figure out, and FuelClinic.com will do this for you, but what if you wanted to see what this looks like on a map?

Today I received an interesting note from Jay Hoffman at ESRI about a new website they are beta testing called MapMPG.com

ESRI has an interesting new web site called MapMPG.com that maps the distance two different cars can drive on one gallon of gas. This rather unique and useful application compares the mpg’s on your specific neighborhood streets.

I compared my 2001 Toyota Tacoma to a newer Toyota Prius to produce this map of my local area.


Select one vehicle as Vehicle 1, and another as Vehicle 2, enter a street address and zip code, and you’ll see a graphic representation of how far you can get on one gallon of gas, based on the roads in your area. 

Right now the site uses EPA estimated MPG figures for each vehicle, but Mr. Hoffman indicated that his team is seeking comments and may be able to modify the interface to be more usable.

ESRI is a world-leader in digital mapping for large organizations and government agencies, and has been doing scientific GIS and mapping long before anyone else. 

What do you think? Comments are open.


5 Responses to “MapMPG – How Far will a Gallon of Gas Take You?”

  1. Doc Miles on October 31st, 2008 4:15 PM

    My suggestion is allow users to change the MPG figure for each vehicle, so they can use their actual calculated figures instead of the EPA estimates. And if we could link to the map with some URL variables pre-loaded for the three main fields, we could integrate FuelClinic (as well as others) directly to this map.

  2. Lauren on October 31st, 2008 7:34 PM

    This is a great idea, I am such a visual person…I use fuelclinic now so I don’t have to do the math each time I fill up, but this site gives me a real idea of how much further I can go on a map around my neighborhood! Very cool.

  3. Doc Miles on October 31st, 2008 9:51 PM

    Lauren – I’m going to try to integrate more closely with this tool, maybe we can get it to a point where it’s a single-click to see your results!

  4. gr33n4lif3 on November 3rd, 2008 10:03 AM

    Looks like an egg sunny side up.

  5. Chris on November 3rd, 2008 9:50 PM

    LOL! That’s funny, it really does look like a sunny side up egg :)

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