Monday, December 10, 2012

Hybrid Cars May Not Be As Great For The Environment As We Thought

So you bought yourself a hybrid and you're helping to save the environment right? Maybe not. Consumer Reports says Ford has been inflating the mileage on its hybrid models. Instead of getting “47 city/47 highway/47 combined mpg” as advertised, the Fusion sedan gets 35/41/39 and the new C-Max wagon gets 35/38/37. Heck, my friend's 1997 Honda Civic gets that.

That’s a pretty big difference — especially when the common philosophy is that hybrid drivers are generally those who drive a lot becuase the only way to break even when buying a hybrid rather than a regular gas-powered car is to driver about 12,000 miles a year.
Here's the story from DC Streetsblog.


Charles Hansen said...

My dad was a mechanic and he was always against buying a car with a huge motor to drive around town, the big cars are slow to warm up and short trips are very hard on the big motors, so I have a small car with a 4 cylinder engine that gets 30+ miles per gallon when I drive it some in town and some outside of town. I looked at the hybrids getting 40 miles per gallon and it would take me 20 years to get the extra cost out of a hybrid and that does not count anything for extra repairs on all the complicated machinery in a hybrid.

SRTC Staff said...

20 years?? Yeah, not worth the investment in my book. Especially because they say the batteries in the hybrids are at least a couple thousand dollars to replace!

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