Ford Reportedly in Talks with EPA About Hybrid Fuel Economy Test Procedures

Hyundai and Kia made very public headlines earlier this year when the two brands were forced to cut the EPA ratings on most of their model lines, after EPA review of the cars’ economy showed they were falling well short of their window-sticker fuel economy figures. The issue is being closely watched by almost all in the car industry, as the implications for other manufacturers are significant.

Although the EPA issues guidelines for fuel economy testing, the agency itself does not test each and every new vehicle, relying on self-reporting from the manufacturers for the majority of fuel economy data. Ford is wasting little time being proactive in its approach to fuel economy testing. Bloomberg is reporting that the Ford is in talks with the Environmental Protection Agency about test procedures, specifically in regard to hybrid vehicles, following Consumer Reports saying that two of the company’s newest hybrids, the Ford Fusion Hybrid and C-Max, fell well short of the claimed 47 mpg combined fuel economy during the publication’s testing and evaluation.

Ford claims that hybrids are more sensitive to driving style than conventional vehicles, and that the company’s choice to give its models more powerful engines to retain a fun-to-drive feel can result in lower real-world mileage for aggressive drivers.

Source: Bloomberg

By Edward A. Sanchez

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