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This time, Ford's facing a hybrid lawsuit. This lawsuit is far from unique. I've heard of others. It seems that a lot of hybrids aren't hitting mileage estimates.

On December 7, Richard Pitkin of Roseville, California filed a lawsuit against Ford, accusing it of a false advertising campaign, which calls the C-Max Hybrid "America's most fuel efficient and affordable hybrid utility vehicle":

These ads were false. In reality, the C-MAX Hybrid and Fusion Hybrid actually achieved far fewer mpg: Plaintiff Richard Pitkin who purchased a C-MAX Hybrid in October has not achieved 47 mpg, but rather had averaged approximately 37 mpg. Pitkin’s mileage experience was not the exception, but rather the rule.

It makes me wonder if hybrids in general are working as well as designed and if getting one is worth it. We put off vehicles forever and won't need one for a couple of years. The Focus BEV was in consideration until the price tag was released. The price is insane. But a plug-in Fusion hybrid may be an interesting option. The question in my mind remains how reliable is the technology? Now I have to question if you save any money at all. 37 mpg is not exactly head-turning. The Focus is 27/38 mpg in the first place. Is the CMax worth $10K more for 37/37? I'm not so sure. The plug-in aspect may be worth it if you use it the right way. We do a lot of little trips that would be 100% electric. Even then, I'd like to see a real estimate of kW used per mile or something like that, rather than a bogus gasoline equivalence estimate. That tells me nothing about potential cost of operation.


P.S. Happy Holidays to the Ford board!
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