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Old 04-29-2009, 12:29 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Old 04-29-2009, 04:43 PM   #22 (permalink)
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why? How is this useful? Who limits their top speed to 25mph including stops to average 21mph? 81mpg isn't that great. This is just a publicity stunt, and a pointless one at that.
"look what I can do! Duh I'm a moron!" --Ford

seriously, this is not the future. getting 81mpg at 21mph in a 3600lb car is not a good number. A good number is 300mpg at 21mph in a 1000lb car.
It wastes most it's energy just moving its heavy arse around. How much battery and motor was needed to move that exceedingly large battery and motor?

No, I will not smile, I will not become happy or show joy. If I had seen this car moving down the road I would have spit on the ground in disgust. It is a waste of resources just to prove a point, a point that doesn't need to be proven.
Baby steps. First we must convince the unwashed masses that better fuel economy is a good thing. This unaltered Fusion Hybrid will do that. And then when someone shows a pared-down hybrid doing even better, and a flyweight custom jobbie doing better still, we will be on our way - I hope.
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Old 04-29-2009, 07:10 PM   #23 (permalink)
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My wife wants one.
What mpg do you guys think the gasser is capable of? Wife drives 35mi. each way to work. Unless this could be modded as a plug in electric hybrid, I'm thinking the hybrid would be wasted on her. She does hit the brake a lot though, which would be good as a hybrid. Cheaper to train her to drive differently.

Well I work at a Ford store and have been pressuring my boss to let me drive one to break the 1000 mark long before this happened ... did they listen ... no ..

Here are my rough figure on real highway driving on both models from what I have been able to accomplish;

-The gasser - can easily get 39mpg driven at highway speed, I did it with a stick shift 4cyl driving @ 65mph on a 120 mile round trip commute to work and back one night.

-The hybrid - just did a run today on the highway 40 miles round trip @ 55mph on the highway, got 51.6mpg. Problem is none of my dealership vehicles have fully charged battery packs, so anything below 50% charge and you really have to work to get the car to go into EV mode.

So there are some unofficial numbers from an average hypermiler.
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Old 04-30-2009, 04:17 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Dang, that Ford hybrid does well, imho.

My wife H A T E S my Civic because it makes her feel unsafe because it's so low. I won't show her the crash test results because then she will never get in the car. The Fusion is one car that I she will most certainly consider. I am hoping against the odds, however, that I will be able to convince her that the Focus electric is a good car when it comes out. She has had several very bad accidents, so I don't blame her for being afraid of small cars.
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(In other words, so they don't get mad when they only get 30 mpg in their Fusion hybrid going 80 mph down the interstate. )
You're forgetting just how thoroughly retarded the average American is these days. They will expect it to get 80+ mpg at 80mph if it did so at 20mph.
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No, I will not smile, I will not become happy or show joy. If I had seen this car moving down the road I would have spit on the ground in disgust. It is a waste of resources just to prove a point, a point that doesn't need to be proven.
While I share in your displeasure, I find irony in the car that you drive, and the poor fuel economy it reports.

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