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Hypermiling

The vehicle chimed.
“You have arrived at your destination.”
Percy reached over and hit the DISPLAY button to pull up his fuel efficiency stats. Completely stealth approach. Battery-only coasting for the last mile, 50 to the gallon for the whole ride. Off-road. Had to be some kind of a record. He leaned back in his seat and took in the view. The desert stretched out before him, here and there a green patch where the grafts had started to take hold. A smile. This is what made it all worthwhile.

The vehicle chimed again.
“Target acquired.”
Percy reached up to brace against the roll cage. The display now showing a mission data overlay on the optical feed from the top scope. Green dot. Firing. The vehicle leapt back as the M61 Vulcan rotary cannon opened fire. Six 20mm barrels sending 110 rounds downrange per second. The cheery rinkle of shells rolling off the roof, spat out by the linkless electric feeder. Explosions in the distance. A bigger smile. Just doing his part to save the planet.

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Eco-terrorist cell “Dark Seed” have claimed the latest in an ongoing series of attacks some are now starting to call “The Musk Wars”. President Cortez has condemned the attacks, stating that while they may understand the motivations behind them, the Civil Disobedience Act does not extend to acts of terrorism, and those responsible would be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. For more on this story, blink to confirm now.