Breaking 100mpg

Submitted by: cobrakiller 5 years ago Science
http://autos.yahoo.com/blogs/motoramic/detroit-auto-show-2012-ford-pushes-fusion-100-050622298.html

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid breaks 100mpg barrier.
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Male 1,627
hybrid? there are small diesels that get 120mpg
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Male 12,365
EVs, plug-in hybrids and range-extending hybrids are great on paper, but the tech just isn`t there yet. Maybe in 10 years, but not right now.

There`s a prototype EV Mercedes knocking about. It`s comparable on paper with existing ICE Mercedes - a roomy, comfortable sports saloon - but accelerates harder at low speeds. They intend to put it into production.

Great, just the job, right?

The battery is 7 feet long and 3 feet wide, and that`s state of the art, no expense spared. Talking of expense - they`re not. It`s not going to be cheap, that`s for sure. And you`ll get maybe 200 miles from it as long as you drive carefully. Which makes the acceleration irrelevant. Put your foot down and you`ll be out of juice very quickly.

Or how about the Jaguar C-X75 hybrid? A brilliant idea, with mental amounts of power. 800hp, 1200ft-lbs torque and that`s without using the 2 turbines for motive power. Just the other 4 engines. And it can`t be built.
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Male 12,365
So...say I`ve got a plug-in hybrid with an ICE that does 40mpg, a little electric motor good for up to 50mph and a battery that holds enough charge for 50 miles (if you don`t go over 50mph).

Day 1-5: Drive 10 miles to work, 10 miles back. All urban, don`t go over 50mph, so all on the electric. Recharge overnight (won`t take long for relatively little charge).

Day 6: Stuff to do in town, shopping and suchlike. 30 miles, all urban, all under 50mph, all on electric.

Day 7: Go somewhere else, doing 40 miles on the electric motor and 80 miles on the ICE.

So...I`ve used 2 gallons and travelled 250 miles. That`s 125mpg!

Except that it isn`t really.

But if that describes how you use a car, a plug-in hybrid does make sense. Or it would, if it wasn`t for the fact that they`re expensive to buy, expensive to run (battery replacement costs) and are only cheaper because of vast differences in taxation that only exist while EVs are very ra
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Male 928
Anything that only uses fuel part time is bound to get insane mpg but it`s like bragging about how lazy you are at something. We are not impressed. When a full time fuel car can do the same I will be officially impressed by it. But using electric as a crutch to gain a good mpg is not impressive by any means.

I still will not buy ford anything. The mustang I owned made me never want another ford car and it is supposed to be their flagship in the car lineup. I have had great experiences with both chevy and plymouth cars and would buy either again in the future.
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Male 25,416
wow... now all they need to do is get rid of those stinkin batteries and then it will be awesome
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Male 2,516
@dang007; hybrids still use liquid gasoline, so they do give you "miles per gallon"
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Male 7,585
fwoggie2, because it was late last night and i just typed "car" into google images and grabbed the first 50X50 pixel image i could find. So, laziness I guess.
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Male 1,803
Why is there a screen grab in the little icon of an Audi? :)
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Male 635
>> plug-in hybrid that gets 100 mpg<<<


Really? Talking about mpg for a plug in anything is silly.
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Male 17,512
...until the batteries catch fire, like on the Chevy Volt.
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Male 37,890

Unlikely. Toyota is on their 3rd generation technology. They leased 2nd generation to Ford now suddenly Ford jumps ahead... unlikely.
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Male 5,811
[quote]How can you break a barrier that`s already been broken?[/quote]

Through the magic of misleading advertising.
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Male 265
A car that gets 100mpg for the first few miles after being fully charged? Who would have thought?
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Male 2,737
From the top of a mountain?
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Male 12,365
How can you break a barrier that`s already been broken?
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Male 7,585
Link: Breaking 100mpg [Rate Link] - 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid breaks 100mpg barrier.
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