Ford Tries to Improve Disappointing Hybrid Fuel Efficiency with New Software Update
July 17, 2013 8:40 AM
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Software update won't change window stickers
Ford has announced that it will be applying a software update to its hybrid vehicles with the intention of
improving the real world fuel efficiency for owners
. The software update will be made available for approximately 77,000 Ford Fusion, C-Max, and Lincoln MKZ hybrid vehicles.
The update will also be made available for all 2014 model year hybrids. Ford has said that the update will "reduce the variability in MPG" many owners see. The update will help optimize active grill shutters to reduce aerodynamic drag, and increase the electric-only top speed from 62 mph to 85 mph among other things.
The software update is a response to owners of Ford hybrid vehicles who have complained they can't achieve the 47 mpg average promised by the EPA.
2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid
Ford hybrid owners over at Fuelly.com have reported real world combined ratings of 40 mpg and 41 mpg respectively for the
. This is well short of Ford’s claimed 47 mpg combined rating for the two hybrids.
Ford claims that many of the complaints of poor fuel efficiency have come from owners in the Midwest. Some of the issue for these owners is linked to the colder climate and higher speed limits, both factors that can negatively impact hybrid fuel efficiency. The software update will not change window sticker fuel economy ratings according to Ford and the EPA is aware of the new software.
currently fighting lawsuits
over the fuel efficiency claims after some of its hybrid vehicles were unable to achieve the promised fuel efficiency. The
and Fusion hybrids have been criticized for not being able to meet fuel efficiency claims in real world consumer and third-party tests.
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RE: Edit needed
7/18/2013 10:59:08 AM
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Not around here in Michigan, it isn't. The speed limit here is 70 mph and even then, most people are doing 80-85 mph actual.
In fact, there are streets in and around the Detroit area (Van Dyke, Mound Rd., etc. between 15 Mile to 26 Mile) where you get a stop light every like half-mile, and people normally do between 45-60 to 65 on there (including the cops). And that's JUST a city/surface street.
Parts of Big Beaver (through Troy/Rochester/Rochester Hills) hit 50 mph nominal cruising. Same with M-59. Same with Telegraph Rd (from Dearborn/Allen Park all the way up to Waterford). Southfield Freeway from I-75 to I-94 you'll be doing 50 nominal.
Someone might say that 62 mph is plenty nearly IF and ONLY IF they live in a major city like Chicago, NYC, Boston, LA, Atlanta, etc. But around here, we hit that on normal city roads.
P.S. I-80/I-90/Ohio Pike limit is also now 70 mph, and in my experience, Ohio State Police aren't nearly as strict as they used to be.
RE: Edit needed
7/21/2013 10:53:02 AM
Detroit is like a Mad Max-style wasteland so no surprise everybody is gunning it.
"So if you want to save the planet, feel free to drive your Hummer. Just avoid the drive thru line at McDonalds." -- Michael Asher
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