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Check out: Ford Fusion Energi Plug In Hybrid rated at 100 MPGe combined via @AutoblogGreen

The reality is that the mpge number is not a useful figure of merit of a plug in hybrid. The actual useful figure of merit is what the SAE developed, J1711. It factors in the actual electric driving range and the power at which a vehicle changes from electric to gas. This is multi-day, utilitized consumption, This is what shows how much gasoline will actually be consumed in the real world. By this measure , the Chevy Volt beats all the others, handily, because A) its electric driving range is so much higher at 38 miles, and B) the engine does not come on at full throttle, it only comes on when the battery is discharged. The EPA pandered to the ignorant and to Toyota lobbyists when they, for the first time in history, tossed aside the SAE test methods and decided mpge was the label criterion for plug-in hybrid vehicles. The ignorant included the EPA chief, Lisa Jackson, who...

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