US regulator will analyze claims that two Ford hybrid models fell short of their official fuel economy figures.
Last week, Consumer Reports magazine published a report in which it claims that the Fusion sedan and the C-Max crossover got a combined 39 miles per gallon and 37 miles per gallon respectively, compared with Ford’s declared fuel economy figures of 47 miles per gallon. The Environmental Protection Agency said it “will look at the report and data.”
Ford said that if necessary it will cooperate with the EPA, adding that real-world gas mileage can vary depending on the driving styles. Some drivers even reported getting more than 47 miles per gallon. Offering models with improved fuel efficiency was of utmost importance for Ford’s strategy over the past 6 years, as it expects to wind up with 11% of the US market for EVs by the end of this year.
“These two vehicles have the largest discrepancy between our overall-mpg results and the estimates published by the EPA that we’ve seen among any current models,” Consumer Reports said in a blog post on its website.
Ford, and other automakers are required to meet by 2025 the U.S. government’s target for corporate average fuel economy of 54.5 mpg, which means 36 mpg or higher in real world driving.