Ford hybrid MPG figures miscalculated

By Peter Chubb - Feb 27, 2013

A few years back we was told that we need to find alternative fuels for our vehicles because of the damage that the emissions that these vehicles let out are harmful to the environment. While there is a range of alternatives the more practical one for now is the Hybrid, which as you know is a combination of a traditional engine and an electric motor. One would assume that this technology would make the vehicles more fuel-efficient, which they do, but we are a little concerned that Ford hybrid mpg figures have been miscalculated.

The mpg figures for the C-Max Hybrid and Ford Fusion Hybrid have both been over estimated and while this is nothing unusual for car manufacturers to make claims a little higher than real-world tests, these figures are way off the mark. Ford seems to be a little optimistic with their mpg figures because while they say that both those models mentioned above should average 47 mpg city/highway, real world results were 39 miles per gallon for the Ford Fusion hybrid and 37 mpg for the C-Max hybrid.

This does not surprise us because it has been going on for years, but we are concerned that these two vehicles show the largest discrepancy after 14 real-world tests were sent to the EPA website to gather the figures. What worries us the most is the fact that the likes of Ford and other car manufacturers should be doing their utmost to sell these more fuel-efficient vehicles, and over-estimating fuel-economy figures is not the right way to do that.

Are these figures a huge concern? We do worry that this could have a negative effect on Ford’s hybrid range and could push people to rival models. What is also a concern is the fact that there are a number of clean diesels and even gas vehicles offering an even better fuel return than many of these Hybrid vehicles. Not only are great strides being made with those vehicles, but there’s also the fact that they do not have to carry the extra weight of an electric motor like the hybrids have to.

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  • Manufacturers shouldn’t post the ratings. Rather independent bodies should. Still the real world numbers are often 20% worse than on the controlled tests.