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Subject: AC/Defroster sinks mileage Date: 2/3/2005 7:40 AM
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There's a loophole in how most hybrid gasoline-electric vehicles work, and countless gallons of gasoline are draining out of it.


Running the front defroster increases their fuel consumption drastically, as I discovered while driving three of them during Detroit's typically cold winter. Setting the air-conditioning on maximum cool has the same effect, so the problem is not limited to northern regions.
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The hybrids fell as much as 40 percent below the EPA mileage figures for combined city and highway driving during my recent test, which covered a mix of Detroit-area roads.


"This is clearly a drawback," said Joe Phillippi, principal of AutoTrends Consulting, a New Jersey firm. "The vast majority of the country is affected."


http://www.freep.com/money/autoreviews/phelan3e_20050203.htm

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