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We Hear: EPA Studying Whether 2013 Ford C-Max Fuel Economy Is Overrated

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Based on claims from Consumer Reports and other reviewers, the Environmental Protection Agency plans to investigate whether the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid fails to achieve its 47/47/47 mpg (city/highway/combined) fuel-economy ratings. According to The Detroit News, the EPA could levy civil punishments against Ford if it determines that the C-Max Hybrid doesn’t match its claimed 47-mpg rating. Consumer Reports was among several publications to sound the alarm about poor fuel economy. In its testing, CR averaged ...

Ford, Nissan, and Daimler Join Forces to Develop Affordable Fuel-Cell Cars by 2017

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We’ve been hearing for ages how hydrogen fuel cell-powered cars are the future of motoring, but three companies are doubling down on the technology. We hear that Ford, Nissan, and Daimler recently joined forces to put an affordable fuel cell car on sale by 2017, one of the boldest goals yet in the march towards hydrogen. This isn’t the first time that we’ve seen a partnership between competing car companies to mainstream this technology: Toyota and ...

2013 Ford Fusion Energi PHEV Has 620-Mile Full Range, 21-Mile EV Range

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We now have the missing piece in the puzzle of the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi PHEV’s spec sheet – the sedan has finally received range estimates. The Fusion Energi will go 21 miles on electric-only power and a whopping 620 miles from a fully-charged battery and full tank of gas. We already had the official EPA numbers for the Fusion Energi – the sedan has been rated at 100 MPGe combined, which placed the Ford ahead of ...

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

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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, ...

Quick-Charging EV Charging Infrastucture: Ford, GM, Nissan, Chrysler, Tesla Sign DOT Pledge

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Early sales of electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi i-MiEV may have proved underwhelming, but don’t count out the zero-emissions vehicles yet. At the Washington Auto Show, the Department of Energy announced the Workplace Charging Challenge signed by 13 companies including GM, Ford, Chrysler, Tesla, and Google. These companies have pledged to introduce a plan for workplace charging in at least one major company location. The DOE says the ultimate goal over the ...

2013 Ford Fusion Energi Gets 100 MPGe Combined Rating

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Although Ford has come under scrutiny lately for its allegedly overly-optimistic fuel economy ratings for its hybrid vehicles, the Fusion and C-Max, the company is claiming a 100 MPGe figure for the Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid sedan, the average of its 108 MPGe city and 92 MPGe higway rating. These figures are the same as those claimed for the C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid 5-door. Ford is touting the Fusion Energi as America’s “most fuel efficient sedan.” ...

A Focused Deal: 2013 Ford Focus Electric Leases Include $10,750 in Cash Back

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The 2013 Ford Focus Electric is joining the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt in offering substantial incentives — it appears consumer interest has yet to catch up with the technology advances in alternative-powertrain cars. Through the beginning of April, Ford is offering $10,750 cash back on leased electric Focuses in certain areas, not too different from the 2012 Nissan Leaf incentives we reported on late last year. A 36-month lease on a 2013 Ford Focus Electric ...