EPA announces Ford hybrid fuel economy revisit

Recent criticism from all sorts of sources seem to have gotten back to the EPA. The bad news traveled at reasonably high speed it seems.

The real amazement factor here is the fact that the American authority is about to accept not only that there’s a mistake here, but that its current methodology might need some work.

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid

As the Ford Fusion and C-Max hybrid got called upon, the EPA’s reaction might just mean that the entire process is about to get a new looking into.

The actual testing procedure is just fine and, generally, the EPA produces some pretty reliable fuel economy figures. The only trouble is that the estimated options aren’t great.

After Consumer Reports had a second look at the fake numbers it became obvious that there’s a lot of work for that area.

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid

In the end it might actually be the fact that both cars in question use hybrid systems instead of traditional propulsion systems.

Because part of the test will be undertaken while driving under electric power, it can be very hard to actually predict how much fuel is used when not doing so.

So far the Environmental Protection Agency is only looking into Ford’s problems, but it would be nice to see a new evaluation for such cars.

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid

The exclusively electric cars do get their own rating system so why wouldn’t going half way get a new system? After all, there’s plenty such models on the market.